Young Griffo

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Young Griffo
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Real name Albert Griffiths
Rated at featherweight
Nationality Australian
Born (1871-01-01)1 January 1871
Millers Point, Sydney, Australia
Died 10 December 1927(1927-12-10) (aged 56)

Albert Griffiths (1 January 1871 in Millers Point, Sydney, Australia — 10 December 1927), better known as Young Griffo, was a world featherweight boxing champion.

Professional career[edit]

Griffo turned pro in 1886 and fought primarily in his home land of Australia. He held the Australian featherweight title for many years, and in 1890 challenged Torpedo Billy Murphy for the World Featherweight Title and won in the 15th round after Murphy retired. He defended the title four times before vacating it to fight at a higher weight. His last bout was in 1904.

In a tribute to Griffo, Tommy Sullivan wrote in the 6 March 1916 Tacoma Daily News:

Not known as much of a puncher, but his skill was uncanny. He had wonderful headwork, almost inpenetrable defense, dazzling feints, and rapid two-handed methods of attack. The cleverest boxers and hardest punchers were made to look ridiculous when exchanging swats with him. He had a dislike of training and was deemed lazy. There were times he got drunk before a match [such as the Ike Weir and Tommy Tracy bouts].

Honors[edit]

In 2003, Griffo was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

Film[edit]

He appeared as himself in the 1895 lost short Young Griffo vs. Battling Charles Barnett, which at least one source claims is the first film shown for profit.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Young Griffo vs. Battling Charles Barnett". silentera.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

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