History | Mar 24 2018

On This Day: The tragic encounter between Emile Griffith and Benny ‘Kid’ Paret

Benny 'Kid' Paret never regained consciousness from the 12-round beating by Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden in 1962
Emile Griffith

THE BBC’s understandable decision to pull a planned recording of the ill-fated bout between welterweight champion Benny “Kid” Paret and Emile Griffith on March 24, 1962 meant the shockwaves – felt so strongly in America where the fight was televised live – didn’t impact to the same degree here.

At the weigh-in Paret enraged Griffith, labelling him a “Maricon” – Spanish for homosexual.

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