|Real name||Albert Griffiths|
1 January 1871|
Millers Point, Sydney, Australia
|Died||10 December 1927(aged 56)|
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].
In 2003, Griffo was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.
- "Young Griffo vs. Battling Charles Barnett". silentera.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- Professional boxing record for Young Griffo from BoxRec
- Griffo: his life story and record / told by Jack Read (1926?)
- Young Griffo: the will o'wisp of the roped square / Nat Fleischer (1928)
- "Ring History of the Near-Champions: Young Griffo", National Police Gazette (New York: Richard K. Fox Publishing Co.) CXX (23325), 4 March 1922: 7, retrieved 24 April 2013
- Pictures held and digitised as part of the Arnold Thomas boxing collection by the National Library of Australia:
- Albert Griffiths "Griffo", Feather Champion of the World, c1890
- Albert Griffiths, 1893?
- Albert Griffiths, c1927 "shortly before his death"
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