Blast from the past: Last round for Willie Toweel in ’60


Blast from the past: Last round for Willie Toweel in ’60

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: October 22

1960 — Willie Toweel fights for the last time in his career, taking on rising star Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden in New York. Griffith won on an eighth-round technical knockout. The two possessed great respect for each other. After Griffith had killed opponent Benny Kid Paret in 1962, Toweel, who had killed his friend Hubert Essakow in a 1956 bout, wrote a letter to the American encouraging him to continue. Griffith took consolation from that missive and went on to fight a record 337 world championship rounds, more than any other boxer. 

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