Young Griffo

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Young Griffo
Class of 1991
Old Timer Category
Hall of Fame bio:click

Name: Young Griffo
Alias: Australian Will O The Wisp
Birth Name: Albert Griffiths
Born: 1869-04-15
Birthplace: Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 1927-12-07 (Age:58)
Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5′ 4″   /   163cm
Reach: 68″   /   173cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Featherweight

  • Was the first Australian to win a world title (1890)
  • Another photo


Albert Griffiths (aka 'Young Griffo') was "Not known as much of a puncher, but his skill was uncanny. He had wonderful headwork, almost inpenetrable defense, dazzling feints, and rapid two-handed methods of attack. The cleverest boxers and hardest punchers were made to look ridiculous when exchanging swats with him. He had a dislike of training and was deemed lazy. There were times he got drunk before a match [such as the Ike Weir and Tommy Tracy bouts]." From the March 6, 1916 Tacoma Daily News, written by Tommy Sullivan.

In 2003, 'Young Griffo' was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

http://boxingbiographies.co.uk/html/young_griffo.html

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Pictures held and digitised as part of the Arnold Thomas boxing collection by the National Library of Australia

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