1965-03-30 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Jose Stable, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1965-03-30 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Jose Stable, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 9-5, 8-6, 11-4. Taking command almost from the start, having been staggered by a short left hook to the body in the opening session, the champion punished Stable (146) throughout as he looked to shake the latter up with hard rights to the head. By the tenth Griffith (146½) had his full artillery on display as he went with jabs, hooks and uppercuts to Stable’s head and body and although he was walking through the latter he failed to find a finishing blow. All in all it was a listless performance by Griffith, who openly stated that he was looking at moving up a weight despite his loss to Ruben Carter.
Allowed time out to challenge for the vacant WBA version of the American middleweight title, Griffith was defeated by Don Fullmer. He also took in two further contests, beating Gabe Terronez and Harry Scott, before signing for a defence against Manuel Gonzalez, who had outpointed him over ten rounds at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas on 26 January 1965 to earn a title shot.