Originally Posted by LittleRed
I think he also wanted to hold and defend both the welterweight and middleweight belts, but the ABC boys wouldn't let him. Great fighter.
I saw Griffith on a late-night talk show - probably the Tonight Show - just after he won the middleweight title. He did say that he wanted to defend both titles, but the powers that be told him he could only keep one title. Interesting that after having lost the middleweight title, he challenged Jose Napoles for the welterweight title in 1969. He lost, as he did against Monzon in challenges for the middleweight title in 1971 and 1973. Although well past his best in '73 he made a close fight of it with Monzon. A great fighter and a real class guy.