1967-09-29 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Nino Benvenuti, Shea Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1967-09-29 Emile Griffith w pts 15 Nino Benvenuti, Shea Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tommy Walsh. Scorecards: 9-5, 9-5, 7-7. Griffith (154) was quickly off the mark with effective combinations before the champion came back well to be in front at the halfway stage. Apart from having an excellent 13th, Benvenuti (159¾) seemed to be running second best in the final seven rounds, being beaten to the punch and out of range with many of his attacks. In the 14th he was dropped by a solid left and although on his feet very quickly he was forced to endure an ‘eight’ count. Coming back strongly, Benvenuti tried to convince the judges when fighting furiously, but it was all in vain as Griffith tied his man up before crashing in several heavy blows prior to the final bell.