1964-09-22 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Brian Curvis, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WORLD

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1964-09-22 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Brian Curvis, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Despite being second best all the way the southpaw challenger proved his courage if nothing else as Griffith (145½) virtually overwhelmed him from the opening bell. Often presenting a stationery target, Curvis (145½) was set about on numerous occasions before he was dropped by a left-right to the head in the sixth round and then saved by the bell. Body shots were also worrying Curvis, and after going for Griffith in the tenth he was put down from a couple of heavy blows to the solar plexus. Curvis came back magnificently in the 12th as he blasted Griffith before him, but another solid body punch had him down in the 13th. Getting up and doing his best to avoid a stoppage defeat, Curvis, swollen around both eyes, bravely fought his way through to the end of the contest, where he freely admitted that he had been beaten by a superior opponent who fully deserved the referee’s decision.

Next up for Griffith was The Ring magazine’s third-ranked Jose Stable, an aggressive Cuban who could box a bit, and a man with 26 wins from 29 contests. Although he had lost to Angel Robinson Garcia and Dave Charnley, men who had been defeated by him included Garcia, Kenny Lane, Eddie Pace, Curtis Cokes, Charley Scott, Stanley Hayward, Dick Turner and Gabe Terronez.