1961-06-03 Emile Griffith w rsc 12 (15) Gaspar Ortega, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1961-06-03 Emile Griffith w rsc 12 (15) Gaspar Ortega, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tommy Hart. In what turned out to be a one-sided contest, Ortega (146) was stopped for the first time in an 83-bout career when the referee stepped in to save him from further punishment at the hands of the champion after 48 seconds of the 12th had elapsed. Ortega never really got into the fight following an excellent start by Griffith (145½), who used the left hook to wear him down before twice smashing him to the canvas in round seven for counts of ‘eight’. From thereon it was just a matter of time as Ortega tried to regroup, but he was beginning to take a lot of punishment and in the 11th he was sent staggering into his own corner and was only saved by the bell. Although Ortega came out for the 12th it was almost pointless as Griffith was soon pouring in punches from both hands, almost as if he was working on a punch bag, and it was a welcome relief for just about everyone when the fight was called off.