A man's world : the double life of Emile Griffith / Donald McRae.
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Book
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ISBN: 9781471132360 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2015.
When Emile Griffith stepped into the ring in March 1962 to defend his world title against Benny Paret, he was filled with rage. During their weigh-in, the Cuban challenger had denounced Griffith as a 'faggot' and minced towards him. It was an insinuation that could have had dangerous consequences for Griffith - especially as it was true. In the fight that followed, Griffith pounded Paret into unconsciousness, and the Cuban would die soon after, leaving Griffith haunted by what he had done. Despite this, he went on to fight more world championship rounds than any other fighter. Donald McRae's book weaves a compelling tale of triumph over prejudice as Griffith refused to cower away as society wished.
440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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