Found July 24, 2013 on Pro Boxing Fans:
Boxing legend Emilie Griffith has passed away at the age of 75. He had been in declining health for quite some time, and died while in an extended care facility. Griffith has a unique place in boxing history. On the one hand, he's one of the most underrated fighters of all-time, a multi-division champion when that truly meant something, with an unparalleled track record of taking on all comers. On the other, his name is one of the most recognizable even to casual observers of the sport, due to the tragic ending of his third fight against Benny Paret. In the lead-up to their rubbermatch, Paret called Griffith a "maricón", which incensed Griffith, who spent much of his adult life during and after his professional boxing career dealing with rumors about his sexuality. In his later life, he would eventually become more open, saying he enjoyed both men and women. But this internal battle caused him much pain over the years, from the taunts of Paret and the tragic turn of th...
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