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.

Reference sources

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