1962-03-24 Emile Griffith w rsc 12 (15) Benny Kid Paret, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1962-03-24 Emile Griffith w rsc 12 (15) Benny Kid Paret, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Fighting each other for the third time and following much animosity at the weigh-in after Paret (146½) made derogatory remarks about his challenger, this time round Griffith (144) was well in command for much of the time. After taking the opening five rounds, Griffith was almost knocked out in the sixth when Paret floored him for ‘eight’ with a left hook, but he was soon back in the groove and coming into the 12th appeared to be well ahead. At that time there was no inkling of what was to come, despite the many fouls perpetrated by both men throughout the fight that had gone unpunished and the bad feeling between them. It started reasonably enough, but that was before Griffith drove Paret to the ropes, where his head went through the upper strands, and hammered punch after punch at his now defenceless target. With Griffith punching away unrestrained, it was estimated that 21 blows landed on Paret before the referee was able to call it off on the 2.09 mark, and the final blow, a left to the jaw, saw the latter slide to the canvas.
At the finish, Paret, in a coma, was removed to the Roosevelt Hospital where he failed to regain consciousness after an operation and died in hospital ten days later.
Taking time out from the welterweight division, Griffith outpointed Ted Wright over 15 rounds at the City Hall, Vienna, Austria on 17 October to win the Austrian version of the newly formed junior middleweight title.