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Emile Griffith
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Griffith in 2010
Real name Emile Alphonse Griffith
Rated at 160 lb
Height 5 ft 6.5 in
Nationality American
Born February 3, 1938
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died July 23, 2013(2013-07-23) (aged 75)
Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 112
Wins 85
Wins by KO 23
Losses 24
Draws 2
No contests 1

Emile Alphonse Griffith (February 3, 1938 – July 23, 2013) was an American boxer. He was the first person from the U.S. Virgin Islands ever to become a world champion in boxing.

Griffith later won the world middleweight title and claimed an early version of the junior middleweight world championship, a claim that has not been universally recognized although some consider Griffith a three-division champion fighter.

Early life

Griffith was born on February 3, 1938 in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was raised in New York City.

Personal life

In 1971, two months after they met, Griffith married Mercedes (Sadie) Donastrog, who was then a member of the dance troupe "Prince Rupert and the Slave Girls." Griffith adopted Donastorg's daughter.


Griffith died on July 23, 2013 from complications of dementia in a hospital in Hempstead, New York, aged 75.

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