Nino Benvenuti

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Nino Benvenuti
Nino Benvenuti.jpg
Benvenuti in 2010
Statistics
Real nameGiovanni Benvenuti
Nickname(s)Nino
Weight(s)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
NationalityItalian
Born (1938-04-26) 26 April 1938 (age 80)
Isola d´Istria, Italy (now Izola, Slovenia)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights90
Wins82
Wins by KO35
Losses7
Draws1
No contests0

Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti (born 26 April 1938) is a retired Italian boxer and actor. As an amateur welterweight boxer he won the Italian title in 1956–60, the European title in 1957 and 1959, and an Olympic gold medal in 1960, receiving the Val Barker trophy for boxing style. In 1961, having an amateur record of 120-0, he turned professional and won world titles in the light-middleweight division and twice in the middleweight division.[1] Near the end of his boxing career he appeared in Sundance and the Kid (1969) and then in Mark Shoots First (1975).[2]

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1968, Benvenuti was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2011, The Ring magazine ranked him as seventh on their list of the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."[3]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Benvenuti talks to his father Fernando at the 1960 Olympics
Benvenuti with wife Giuliana Fonzari and two sons

On 20 January 1961, Benvenuti made his professional boxing debut, beating Ben Ali Allala by decision in six rounds. He then won 29 fights in a row before challenging for the Italian middleweight title, on 1 March 1963, in Rome against Tommaso Truppi. His winning streak extended to 30 when he knocked out Truppi in round eleven. His winning streak reached 46 wins in a row when he met former world junior middleweight champion Denny Moyer on 18 September 1964, beating Moyer on points in ten rounds.[4]

After reaching 55 wins in a row, including a five-round knockout of Truppi in a rematch, he met world jr. middleweight champion Sandro Mazzinghi in Milan, on 18 June 1965. This was a fight the Italian public clamored for: both men were Italian, both men claimed to be the best in their division, and they had expressed desire to fight each other. Benvenuti became the world junior middleweight champion with a sixth-round knockout win.[5] It was common, at that era, for world champions to fight for regional belts after winning the world title, so on 15 October 1965, he added the European belt at the middleweight division, with a sixth-round knockout of Luis Folledo.[6]

A rematch with Mazzinghi took place on 17 December 1965, and Benvenuti retained the world junior middleweight crown with a fifteen-round decision. After three non-title wins, including a twelve-round decision over Don Fullmer and a fourteen-round knockout in Germany of Jupp Elze (Benvenuti's first professional fight abroad), he travelled to South Korea, where he lost his world junior middleweight title against Ki-Soo Kim, who won by decision in fifteen rounds on 25 June 1966. Benvenuti deemed his first loss as a professional as an unjustified decision for the local boxer, and, frustrated by it, he decided to concentrate on the middleweight division instead.[4]

Benvenuti beat Emile Griffith by decision in fifteen rounds at New York City's Madison Square Garden on 17 April 1967, in what was the beginning of their trilogy of fights, to win the world middleweight title.[7] On a rematch at Shea Stadium on 29 September 1967, he lost by a decision in fifteen rounds.[6]

On 4 March 1968, Benvenuti and Griffith completed their trilogy, once again at Madison Square Garden, with Benvenuti knocking Griffith down in round nine and winning a fifteen-round decision to regain the world middleweight title.[6] On 14 December 1968, in San Remo, he and Fullmer met once again, and Benvenuti retained the world middleweight title with a fifteen-round decision. On 26 May 1969, Benvenuti lost a ten round decision to former world light heavyweight champion Dick Tiger in a light heavyweight, non-title match. Benvenuti broke his right hand while landing a head punch in the first round,[8] but chose to continue fighting "like a cripple" rather than quit.[9]

The most curious defense of Benvenuti's active reign, took place on 4 October 1969, when he retained the world middleweight title with a seven-round disqualification win over American Fraser Scott at the Stadio S. Paolo in Naples. From the first round, Scott was warned repeatedly, and with increasing intensity from the referee, about attempted butting. Scott, a young fighter unschooled in the European insistence on what his trainer referred to as "that...Olympic stand-up style", knowing only the battle plan he went in with and speaking no Italian, did not understand the warnings at first, then was unable to alter his approach; to the American, he was merely "ducking" Benvenuti's shots. The bout was foul-filled even without this added controversy; Scott would later accuse Benvenuti of having tried to thumb him, and during the sixth round, the fighters' legs became entangled as they wrestled, causing both to crash to the canvas. Round seven saw the stoppage, the referee asserting "attempted butting", Fraser Scott and corner forever insisting he had "ducked".[10]

On 22 November 1969, he beat former world welterweight champion Luis Rodriguez by knockout in 11 rounds to, once again, retain his world middleweight title.[11]

This marked the beginning of a downfall period for Benvenuti: In his next fight, on 13 March 1970, he was knocked out in the eighth round of a non-title fight by unknown American Tom Bethea in Australia. While this upset defeat caused Bethea to get a world title shot at Benvenuti's title and Benvenuti avenged the defeat with an eighth-round knockout of Bethea himself, Benvenuti soon lost his title for the last time, being beaten by young Carlos Monzón by knockout in round twelve in Rome on 7 November 1970.[12]

In 1971, after losing a ten-round decision to Jose Chirino, Benvenuti got a rematch with Monzon for the world middleweight title. Benvenuti was once again beaten by Monzon, this time by knockout in round three on 8 May 1971, in Monte Carlo. He announced his retirement there, and never returned to boxing. Benvenuti had a record of 82 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw (tie) in 90 professional boxing bouts, with 35 wins by knockout. In 1992 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[1][13]

Retirement and personal life[edit]

Nino Benvenuti was born in the town on Isola d'Istria (once Italian, now Slovenia). After the war his family fled to Italy due to the consequences of the war treaty and the hostilities created by the Yugoslav government.[14]

In 1961 Benvenuti married Giuliana Fonzari; they had four sons (Stefano, Macri, Giuliano and Francesco) and adopted a Tunisian girl (Soraya). They later divorced, and Benvenuti married Nadia Bertorello, with whom he had one daughter (Nathalie).[15]

After retiring from boxing Benvenuti became a successful businessman, show host and city counselor in Trieste. He opened a high-class restaurant[16] and forged friendships with Monzon and Griffith. In 1980 he asked Griffith to become the godfather of one of his sons, and later helped him financially.[17] Monzon was a guest of honor at Benvenuti's television show several times, and, when he was accused of murdering his wife in 1988, Benvenuti became one of his most loyal supporters, visiting him in jail in Argentina several times, as well as being a pallbearer at Monzon’s funeral.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
90 fights 82 wins 7 losses
By knockout 35 3
By decision 42 4
By disqualification 5 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
90 Loss 82–7–1 Argentina Carlos Monzón TKO 3 (15), 1:05 8 May 1971 Monaco Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monte Carlo, Monaco For WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
89 Loss 82–6–1 Argentina José Chirino MD 10 17 Mar 1971 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
88 Loss 82–5–1 Argentina Carlos Monzón TKO 12 (15), 1:57 7 Nov 1970 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Lost WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
87 Win 82–4–1 United States Doyle Baird TKO 10 (10), 2:03 12 Sep 1970 Italy Stadio della Vittoria, Bari, Apulia, Italy Non-title bout
86 Win 81–4–1 United States Tom Bethea KO 8 (15), 2:43 23 May 1970 Croatia Sports Stadium Arena, Umag, Istria, Croatia Retained WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
85 Loss 80–4–1 United States Tom Bethea TKO 8 (10) 13 Mar 1970 Australia Olympic Velodrome, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Light heavyweight bout
84 Win 80–3–1 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodríguez KO 11 (15), 1:08 22 Nov 1969 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Retained WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
83 Win 79–3–1 United States Fraser Scott DQ 7 (15), 1:40 4 Oct 1969 Italy Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Campania, Italy Retained WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
82 Loss 78–3–1 Nigeria Dick Tiger UD 10 26 May 1969 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Light heavyweight bout
81 Win 78–2–1 United States Don Fullmer UD 15 14 Dec 1968 Italy Teatro Ariston, Sanremo, Liguria, Italy Retained WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
80 Draw 77–2–1 United States Doyle Baird PTS 10 14 Oct 1968 United States Rubber Bowl, Akron, Ohio, U.S. Light heavyweight bout
79 Win 77–2 United States Art Hernandez UD 10 17 Sep 1968 Canada Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Light heavyweight bout
78 Win 76–2 United States Jimmy Ramos RTD 4 (10), 0:30 5 Jul 1968 Italy Turin, Piedmont, Italy Light heavyweight bout
77 Win 75–2 Japan Yoshiaki Akasaka KO 2 (10) 7 Jun 1968 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Non-title bout
76 Win 74–2 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 15 4 Mar 1968 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
75 Win 73–2 United States Charley Austin PTS 10 19 Jan 1968 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
74 Loss 72–2 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith MD 15 29 Sep 1967 United States Shea Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles
73 Win 72–1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 15 17 Apr 1967 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBA, WBC, and lineal middleweight titles;
The Ring Fight of the Year
72 Win 71–1 Jamaica Milo Calhoun PTS 10 3 Mar 1967 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
71 Win 70–1 Germany Manfred Graus KO 2 (10), 2:40 19 Jan 1967 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
70 Win 69–1 Brazil Renato Moraes KO 9 (10) 23 Dec 1966 Italy Rome, Lazio, Italy
69 Win 68–1 United States Ferd Hernandez PTS 10 2 Dec 1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
68 Win 67–1 France Pascal Di Benedetto RTD 11 (15) 21 Oct 1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Retained EBU middleweight title
67 Win 66–1 England Harry Scott PTS 10 23 Sep 1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
66 Loss 65–1 South Korea Kim Ki-Soo SD 15 25 Jun 1966 South Korea Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea Lost WBA, WBC, and lineal light middleweight titles
65 Win 65–0 Germany Jupp Elze TKO 14 (15), 1:27 14 May 1966 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany Retained EBU middleweight title
64 Win 64–0 United States Clarence James PTS 10 11 Mar 1966 Italy Turin, Piedmont, Italy Middleweight bout
63 Win 63–0 United States Don Fullmer PTS 12 4 Feb 1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Middleweight bout
62 Win 62–0 Italy Sandro Mazzinghi UD 15 17 Dec 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Retained WBA, WBC, and lineal light middleweight titles
61 Win 61–0 United States James Shelton PTS 10 15 Nov 1965 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Middleweight bout
60 Win 60–0 United States Johnny Torres DQ 7 (10) 5 Nov 1965 Italy Turin, Piedmont, Italy Middleweight bout
59 Win 59–0 Spain Luis Folledo KO 6 (15) 15 Oct 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy Won vacant EBU middleweight title;
Folledo weighed 165lbs.
58 Win 58–0 France Daniel Leullier TKO 7 (10) 16 Aug 1965 Italy Senigallia, Marche, Italy Middleweight bout
57 Win 57–0 Italy Sandro Mazzinghi KO 6 (15), 2:40 18 Jun 1965 Italy San Siro, Milan, Lombardy, Italy Won WBA, WBC, and lineal light middleweight titles
56 Win 56–0 Jamaica Milo Calhoun PTS 10 30 Apr 1965 Italy Genoa, Liguria, Italy
55 Win 55–0 United States Rip Randall PTS 10 2 Apr 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
54 Win 54–0 United States Dick Knight KO 6 (10) 19 Mar 1965 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
53 Win 53–0 England Mick Leahy PTS 10 27 Feb 1965 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
52 Win 52–0 Italy Tommaso Truppi RTD 5 (12) 12 Feb 1965 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Retained Italian middleweight title
51 Win 51–0 United States Art Hernandez TKO 3 (10), 2:20 22 Jan 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
50 Win 50–0 Argentina Juan Carlos Durán PTS 10 19 Dec 1964 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
49 Win 49–0 Mexico Aristeo Chavarin KO 4 (10) 27 Nov 1964 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
48 Win 48–0 Brazil Abrao De Souza DQ 7 (10) 9 Oct 1964 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
47 Win 47–0 United States Denny Moyer PTS 10 18 Sep 1964 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
46 Win 46–0 France Fabio Bettini PTS 12 30 Jul 1964 Italy Sanremo, Liguria, Italy Retained Italian middleweight title
45 Win 45–0 United States Jimmy Beecham TKO 2 (10) 28 May 1964 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
44 Win 44–0 Aruba Sugar Boy Nando PTS 10 10 Apr 1964 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
43 Win 43–0 France Michel Diouf PTS 10 18 Mar 1964 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
42 Win 42–0 Mexico Memo Ayon KO 5 (10), 0:28 28 Feb 1964 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
41 Win 41–0 United States Ted Wright PTS 10 13 Dec 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
40 Win 40–0 Nicaragua Luis Gutierrez TKO 7 (10) 15 Nov 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
39 Win 39–0 France Jackie Cailleau PTS 10 7 Nov 1963 Italy Prato, Tuscany, Italy
38 Win 38–0 Mexico Gaspar Ortega PTS 10 18 Oct 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
37 Win 37–0 Argentina Víctor Zalazar TKO 2 (10) 27 Sep 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
36 Win 36–0 Germany Wilhelm Niederau TKO 6 (10) 16 Sep 1963 Italy Prato, Tuscany, Italy
35 Win 35–0 Italy Francesco Fiori TKO 3 (12) 31 Aug 1963 Italy Priverno, Lazio, Italy Retained Italian middleweight title
34 Win 34–0 United States Tony Montano PTS 10 7 Jun 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
33 Win 33–0 United States Jimmy Beecham PTS 10 23 May 1963 Italy Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Lazio, Italy
32 Win 32–0 France Jean Ruellet PTS 10 24 Apr 1963 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
31 Win 31–0 France Georges Estatoff KO 6 (10), 0:33 5 Apr 1963 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
30 Win 30–0 Italy Tommaso Truppi KO 11 (12) 1 Mar 1963 Italy Rome, Lazio, Italy Won vacant Italian middleweight title
29 Win 29–0 Italy Giampaolo Melis KO 2 (10) 26 Dec 1962 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
28 Win 28–0 Cuba Isaac Logart PTS 10 30 Nov 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
27 Win 27–0 France Daniel Leullier PTS 10 18 Oct 1962 Italy Padua, Veneto, Italy
26 Win 26–0 Spain Diego Infantes PTS 8 28 Sep 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
25 Win 25–0 Italy Giuseppe Gentiletti KO 2 (10) 30 Aug 1962 Italy Senigallia, Marche, Italy
24 Win 24–0 Tunisia Mahmout le Noir PTS 8 2 Aug 1962 Italy Lignano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
23 Win 23–0 Italy Gino Rossi PTS 10 12 Jul 1962 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
22 Win 22–0 Germany Heinz Freytag PTS 8 22 Jun 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
21 Win 21–0 France Jean Ruellet PTS 8 2 Jun 1962 Italy Stadio Amsicora, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
20 Win 20–0 Trinidad and Tobago Hector Constance PTS 10 1 May 1962 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
19 Win 19–0 United States Jim Hegerle KO 4 (11) 13 Apr 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
18 Win 18–0 Italy Gianni Lommi KO 5 (10) 17 Mar 1962 Italy Milan, Lombardy, Italy
17 Win 17–0 Germany Manfred Haas PTS 8 8 Mar 1962 Italy Turin, Piedmont, Italy
16 Win 16–0 Spain José Riquelme PTS 8 19 Feb 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
15 Win 15–0 England George Aldridge KO 6 (10) 19 Jan 1962 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
14 Win 14–0 Italy Giuseppe Catalano PTS 8 20 Dec 1961 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
13 Win 13–0 United States Jesse Jones DQ 6 (8) 9 Nov 1961 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
12 Win 12–0 Italy Angelo Brisci KO 1 (8) 1 Nov 1961 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
11 Win 11–0 France Retmia Mahrez TKO 3 (8) 2 Oct 1961 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
10 Win 10–0 France Marc Desforneaux PTS 6 17 Jun 1961 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
9 Win 9–0 France Henri Cabelduc PTS 6 7 Jun 1961 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
8 Win 8–0 France Michel Francois KO 4 (8) 16 May 1961 Italy Turin, Piedmont, Italy
7 Win 7–0 France Daniel Brunet DQ 3 (8) 3 May 1961 Italy Naples, Campania, Italy
6 Win 6–0 France Pierre Mondino PTS 6 21 Apr 1961 Italy Florence, Tuscany, Italy
5 Win 5–0 Croatia Nic Maric PTS 6 7 Apr 1961 Italy PalaLido, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
4 Win 4–0 Sahib Mosri KO 3 (6) 14 Mar 1961 Italy Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
3 Win 3–0 Tunisia Ben Ali Allala KO 1 (6) 27 Feb 1961 Italy Naples, Campania, Italy
2 Win 2–0 Italy Nicola Sammartino KO 3 (6) 10 Feb 1961 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio, Italy
1 Win 1–0 Tunisia Ben Ali Allala PTS 6 20 Jan 1961 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Awards[edit]

On 7 May 2015, in the presence of the President of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagò, was inaugurated in the Olympic Park of the Foro Italico in Rome, along Viale delle Olimpiadi, the Walk of Fame of Italian sport, consisting of 100 tiles that chronologically report names of the most representative athletes in the history of Italian sport. On each tile are the name of the sportsman, the sport in which he distinguished himself and the symbol of CONI. One of theat tile is dedicated to Nino Benvenuti.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nino Benvenuti. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Alive or Preferably Dead. IMDb
  3. ^ "10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years". RingTV. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c De Franco, Luca (16 November 2005). "A Conversation with Nino Benvenuti". The Sweet Science. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Nino Benvenuti - Lineal Junior Middleweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ a b c Wheeler, Paul (26 April 2018). "On This Day: Italian great Nino Benvenuti was born". Boxing News. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Nino Benvenuti - Lineal Middleweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  8. ^ "Benvenuti Breaks Hand, Loses Decision to Tiger". The Desert Sun. 27 May 1969. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Benvenuti Settles for Immortality". The New York Times. 15 February 1970. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  10. ^ Scott, Fraser (1974). Weigh-in. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. p. 217. ISBN 0-690-00157-6.
  11. ^ Kram, Mark (1 December 1969). "NINO'S HOOK STOPPED A ROMAN RIOT". Vault - Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  12. ^ Casey, Mike (28 July 2006). "Fall Of The Emperor: Monzon Dethroned Nino". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  13. ^ Nino Benvenuti. ibhof.com
  14. ^ Kane, Martin (14 February 1966). "A JAB FROM THE INTELLECTUAL". Vault - Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  15. ^ Benvenuti a questo mondo. gazzetta.it (8 September 1999)
  16. ^ Grasso, John (2013). Historical Dictionary of Boxing. Scarecrow Press. pp. 60–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7867-9.
  17. ^ Abramson, Mitch (24 December 2009) Daily News reunites boxing legends Nino Benvenuti and Emile Griffith one last time. nydailynews.com
  18. ^ "Inaugurata la Walk of Fame: 100 targhe per celebrare le leggende dello sport italiano" (in Italian). coni.it. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Sandro Mazzinghi
World Light Middleweight Champion
18 June 1965 – 25 June 1966
Succeeded by
Ki-Soo Kim
Preceded by
Emile Griffith
World Middleweight Champion
17 April 1967 – 29 June 1967
Succeeded by
Emile Griffith
World Middleweight Champion
4 March 1968 – 7 November 1970
Succeeded by
Carlos Monzón
Sporting positions
Previous:
Terry Downes
Oldest living middleweight champion
October 6, 2017 – present
Incumbent