Re: Emile Griffith vs. Roberto Duran at 147
Griffith himself was quite happy that he matched Tiger for strength. He was surprised by it, pleasently surprised, the game plan was Arcel's and it seems that Griffith didn't really believe in it 100%, though he clearly believed in Arcel.
I'm also surprised that Tiger was able to enforce his strength on so many other fighters if it was just a case of "not letting him get his feet underneath him". You've got to wonder why every man and his monkey didn't "hold his own in certain inside exchanges". Tiger was accomplished at enforcing his strength upon other men.
Regardless, i'm quite happy that Griffith was a stronger man than Duran. Unless, of course, Duran was able to match him on the inside before Griffith was able to get his feet underneath him.