1967-04-17 Nino Benvenuti w pts 15 Emile Griffith, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1967-04-17 Nino Benvenuti w pts 15 Emile Griffith, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mark Conn. Scorecards: 10-5, 9-6, 10-5. Making a bright start, Benvenuti (159) took the opening two rounds, scoring a knockdown in the second, before the champion came back strongly to knock him down with a right to the jaw in the fourth. Rounds five and six went to Benvenuti, who was landing well with left jabs and straight rights, before Griffith (153½) opened up a cut on the Italian’s nose. The contest was fairly even up until the 11th, but from there onwards the Italian did the better work, and although Griffith continued to look for a finishing punch he failed to find it.