Name: Montell Griffin
Birth Name: Montell Julian Griffin
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5′ 7″ / 170cm
Reach: 70″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Thell Torrance; Eddie Futch
Manager: John Caluwaert
Griffin compiled an amateur record of 36-5. He won the 1992 United States Amateur light heavyweight title, defeating future heavyweight champion John Ruiz on points on the way.
At the 1992 Olympic Trials in Worcester, Massachusetts, Griffin was outpointed in the final by Jeremy Williams. However, at the Olympic Box-offs he outpointed Williams twice, to earn an Olympic bid at light heavyweight. His Olympic results were:
- France Mabiletsa (Botswana) won on points
- Yo-Da Ko (South Korea) won on points
- Torsten May (Germany) lost on points
Griffin was a top prospect, who began his career 26-0. He holds two victories over James Toney. Griffin also defeated Roy Jones Jr. for the WBC light heavyweight title by disqualification after Jones hit him while he was down. Griffin was victim of a first round knockout in the rematch. Since then Griffin has unsuccessfully challenged for the title losing to both Dariusz Michalczewski and Antonio Tarver. He has always been credited for his defensive minded style.
- Has a record of 1-3 (0 KOs) in World Title fights.
- Has a record of 3-6 (0 KOs) against former world titleists.
Roy Jones Jr.
| WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1997 Mar 21 – 1997 Aug 7
Roy Jones Jr.