1966-04-25 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Dick Tiger, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1966-04-25 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Dick Tiger, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 9-5, 7-6, 7-7. In what was a slow contest, with both men showing too much respect for each other, Griffith (150½), the welterweight champion, used his superior speed to negate much of the champion’s work. Neither man was cut or badly hurt, although Tiger (160) was dropped to his knees in the ninth. Back on his feet immediately, the referee still gave Tiger the mandatory ‘eight’ count. Up until the seventh Tiger was in front, but from there on in Griffith picked up the pace, beating his man to the punch and speeding away from any danger. Realising he was behind, Tiger went for broke in the 11th, 12th and 13th rounds, but unable to do any real damage apart from delivering a few hurtful blows Griffith came back to cruise to the finish.