Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The guy in the picture is Stanley Ketchel who was an oldtime champion. Watching newsreels of his fights demonstrate the changes in techniques and training methods in our modern era of boxing.
Emile Griffith, who turned professional in 1958 and fought frequently in New York City, is best remembered for his televised third fight against Benny "the Kid" Paret on March 24, 1962. Fighting for the welterweight title, Paret and Griffith boxed a close fight until round twelve, when Griffith knocked Paret unconscious, yet stood, still propped up against the ropes. The referee failed to stop the fight, and Griffith struck Paret thirteen more times. Paret never regained consciousness, and he died nine days later. I saw this fight as a young boy. This says to you that I have watched many fights over the years.
Ring Magazine was my Bible of Boxing for many years. Now I learn lots watching fights on television. My favorite commentators Teddy and Russ. There are numerous good sports writers following the fights today. We took a big loss losing George Plimpton and Norman Mailer who were both rabid fans and great writing about boxing.
They are great talking in the film about "The Rumble in the Jungle"....When We Were Kings!