Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years

 

4. Emile Griffith

Record: 85-24-2, 23 knockouts;

Years active: 1958-1977

Title reigns: 1966-’67; 1967-’68; two defenses

Hall of Fame induction: 1990

Style: Energetic boxer-brawler

Strengths: Iron will, stamina, physical strength, excellent footwork, body attack, and a rock-solid chin (only stopped twice in 112 pro bouts).

Why is he ranked? The former three-time welterweight champ from the Virgin Islands only stood 5-foot-7 but he fought more top-10 middleweight contenders of his day than any other fighter on this list, including Joey Archer (W 15, W 15) and future titleholders Vito Antuofermo (L 10) and Alan Minter (L 10), both of whom he faced late in his career.

Who did he fight? Fellow hall of famers Dick Tiger (W 10, W 10), Benvenuti (W 15, L 15, L15), and Monzon (TKO’d 14, L 15)

Also faced: Top 10-contenders “Gypsy” Joe Harris (W 12), Stan “Kitten” Hayward (L 10, W 12), Andy Heilman (W 10), Doyle Baird (W 10), Tom Bogs (W 10), Rafael Gutierrez (W 10), Bennie Briscoe (W 10, D 10), Tony Licata (L 12), Donato Paduano (W 10), Jean Claude Bouttier (LF 7) and Tony Mundine (L 10).

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