Boxing & Wrestling" magazine was just one of many magazines that would have Emile on the front cover in the Sixties. There was also a feature article by John F. X. Condon titled "A Tiger In The Closet" which was one of the early articles that would look at the three time welterweight champion looking at the middleweights and the champion DICK TIGER. Looking back to those mid Sixties, Emile was likely my favorite boxer but former champion Floyd Patterson was also on the top of the like list along with other champions and former champions such as Willie Pastrano, Eddie Perkins and Eder Jofre. But, I believed Emile to be the best champions. Years later, another magazine "Boxing Illustrated" woul pick Emile Griffith as the best of the Sixties, and in the early Seventies, he was also my choice.
His last Welterweight Title Fight
Emile's last welterweight title fight would be against the slick
boxer from Houston, Texas by the name of Manuel Gonzalez,
Manny had defeated Emile in a non-title fight but in the title
fight. Emile would not be denied.
EMILE GRIFFITH vs MANUEL "Manny" GONZALEZ
*the last welterweight title fight for Emile Griffith
from all regions of the world from Encland, Canaada, Ausralia
and other parts of the Commonwealth. Take the bantamweight
division that had the likes of Alan Rudkin of England and
Lionel Rose of Australia and the many others.
The Bantamweights 1969 to 2013" Lionel Rose Alan Rudkin Paul Ferreri Sulley Shittu Johnny Owen Ray Minus Johnny Armour Paul Lloyd Adey Lewis Tommy Waite Nicky Booth Steve Molitor Joseph Agbeko Tshifhiwa Munya Jason Booth Jamie McDonnell Stuart Hill
One could go back to the earlier days with heavyweights
that were also world stars such Henry Cooper and George Chuvalo
but looking back to the eighties there have been some standouts on the world stage:
The Heavyweights: 1981 to 2013 Trevor Berbick Horace Notice Derek Williams Lennox Lewis Henry Akinwande Scott Welch Julius Francis Danny Williams Michael Sprott Matt Skelton Martin Rogan Sam Sexton Dereck Chisora Tyson Fury David Price
The above starts with a brief introduction and then touches on the first boxer being ALAN RUDKIN. Alan had an interesting boxing journey, and won the British Empire/Commonwealth bantamweight title with a victory of JOHNNY CALDWELL who had won the vacant title with a victory over GEORGE BOWES in 1964. An earlier champion of the bantamweight title was FREDDIE GILROY.