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Emile Griffith Vs Benny Paret 1962 The title fight that ended boxing on TV for years: From March 24, 1962, challenger Emile Griffith knocks out a helpless Benny Paret to win the world welterweight championship. Paret, age 25, died of his injuries nine days later. This was the third bout bewteen the two men. They had split their first two encounters. The fight had been quite close going into the fateful 12th round.
Tags: boxing  Emile  Griffith  Benny  Paret  death 
Added: 29th November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-11-29 
I counted 19 unanswered punches.

Referees in those days let fights go much longer than they do today. Referee Ruby Goldstein, considered one of the best in the business, never worked another fight after this.

Paret had a reputation for 'playing possum' which probably didn't help him here. Goldstein gave him every possible chance to fight back--which cost him his life.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-11-29 
Very sad, indeed. It was said in those days that Paret had been arrested just a few days before and that a cop clobbered him on the head with his night stick. This in all likelihood made him vulnerable to head injuries.

However, as I recall boxing on TV lasted for a few more years on Friday Night Fights (ABC). CBS showed matches on weekend afternoons.

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-11-29 
This tragic fight was telecast by NBC. Prior to this fight, boxing was a staple on free TV. It was an easy sport to televise because all thea ction occurred in a small, confined area. The minute between rounds was ideal for commercials. In 1954 one could have watched pro boxing more than 300 different times!

From what I've read, this tragedy pretty much finished live pro boxing on network TV until the 1970s. I don't recall much live boxing on weekend network TV until after the 1976 Summer Olympics--but I could be mistaken.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-11-29 
For some reason, I am having trouble finding online info about TV boxing during the 1960s.

Here's something on Chris Schenkel who reported matches on ABC television:


Howard Cosell reported boxing on TV during the 60s and 70s --- virtually all of Ali's fights were presented. Don Chevrier was another reporter. CBS Sports Spectacular also presented matches.

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