1962-07-13 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Ralph Dupas, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD
1962-07-13 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Ralph Dupas, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frankie Van. Scorecards: 73-69, 74-65, 71-64. Returning to the ring for the first time since his title win over the unfortunate Benny Kid Paret, the champion was posed plenty of problems by the shifty Dupas (145¾), who danced and moved as if he was on a piece of elastic at times. The first ten rounds were relatively even but following that Griffith (145¼), who was cut around both eyes at the finish, picked up the pace to go ahead. After working the body, Griffith tried to finish Dupas off in the final session with a two-handed attack, but the latter weathered the storm and even thought he had won at the final bell. There were no knockdowns.
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.