1963-03-21 Luis Rodriguez w pts 15 Emile Griffith, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1963-03-21 Luis Rodriguez w pts 15 Emile Griffith, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tommy Hart. Scorecards: 9-5, 8-5, 8-6. Although Griffith (145½) controlled the fight for the opening five rounds, the challenger was gradually working his way into the fight, and from the sixth onwards he was jabbing hard and often with his left hand and beginning to show superior speed. Despite Rodriguez (146) boxing mainly on the back foot he was getting his punches in, and while Griffith looked to work the body in order to open his rival up he was only launching sporadic attacks. There was no doubt that Griffith hurt Rodriguez with solid blows in the tenth and 13th, but the Cuban was soon back on his game and it was he who caught the eye of the judges. While Griffith angrily claimed to have been jobbed yet again, he would get another crack at Rodriguez due to a 90-day return clause being in place in the event of him losing.