Emile Griffith vs. Luis Manuel Rodriguez (1st meeting)

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Emile Griffith 148 lbs beat Luis Rodriguez 148 lbs by SD in round 10 of 10

"Emile Griffith of New York, blazing away with left hooks and straight rights, won a March shot at the welterweight crown Saturday night on an upset split 10 round decision over top contender Luis Rodriguez. It was the greatest victory in Griffith's career, for Rodriguez had twice beaten Benny (Kid) Paret in Havana, before Paret became world champion. It was a close fight, marred by much clinching, in which Griffith did most of the forcing against Rodriguez, who kept stabbing at Griffith with long left jabs and hammering him in the body." -United Press International

Unofficial scorecards

  • UPI - 4-4-2 in rounds, but 5-4 to Griffith using supplemental points due to a big round for Griffith in the 3rd when he buckled Rodriguez' knees with a left hook.
  • Ringside poll of 16 boxing writers showed 7 favored Rodriguez, 6 favored Griffith and 3 had it even.