Forgotten ATG win, 39 years old D1ck Tiger derails potential Nino Benvenuti superfight with Foster

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  1. TheEliteMaster100

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    D1ck Tiger beats Nino who won the title vs Griffith (who controversially dethroned 37 year old Tiger which was blasted by Nat Fleischer citing MSG corruption).

    At that point there was talks of Benvenuti testing the waters at 175lbs to fight with Bob Foster, at this point of time Nino Benvenuti was a very popular figure at MSG. Bob Foster Kayoed Andy Kendall a couple weeks before this upset loss to the aged ATG Tiger.

    So Nino decided to fight a non title bout while as middleweight champion against former Middleweight/Light Heavyweight king D1ck Tiger who is seemingly washed up and just had an epic Ring Magazine FOTY against DePaula


    Keep in mind Tiger was sick during these later years of his career and eventually died of liver cancer at age 42.


    This win put a stop on Benvenuti's testing the waters at Lightheavyweight, he had constantly fought in this division during the past year and a half and this schooling Tiger gave was bigger than Hopkins vs Pavlik.

    Bob Foster complained about lack of pay during his light heavyweight days, Other than Dick tiger there was not much money in that division, it's a reason why the supposed superfight the extremely popular Middleweight champ Benvenuti would've brought a huge live gate.

    Foster sought to fight at heavyweight to pursue the larger purse and his big money fights were against Frazier and Ali.
     
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  2. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Richard Ihetu worked as a painter in Liverpool when he first came to the UK and lost his first 4 fights. He went on to become a genuine pound for pound great and a darling of Madison Square Garden. A wonderful Fighter and fabulously classy guy.
     
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  3. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think Tiger did Benvenuti a big favour!
     
  4. TheEliteMaster100

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    Indeed, Foster missed out his big payday at 175 but Benvenuti isn't Tiger who is easily one of the most durable boxers of all time. He got cracked at age 38, never been counted out before then. Carter, Fernandez and Gonzales shots he ate.

    @red cobra imagine the MGS seeing Foster viciously knockout local sensation Benvenuti who gained popularity during Ali's absense during exile.
     
  5. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Kudos and applause to you TheEliteMaster100 for reviving the memory of an obscure gem from that relatively neglected era of boxing history,...the late 60's!! (My favorite era of boxing, along with the 70's) Yes, I agree that D ick Tiger did Nino a favor, and inadvertantly extended not only his boxing life, but maybe even his life....sparing him from what would have been IMO, a humbling knockout defeat at the hands of the hardest punching lightheavyweight champion...maybe even the hardest punching fighter of boxing history in Bob Foster. As with Nino's eventual conqueror, Carlos Monzon, the lightheavyweight division, at least with Bob Foster at the helm,...would have indeed been a bridge to far,...again IMO. I mean, that's why the weight divisions exist...and this does not diminish Nino Benvenuti at all. I don't know if the middleweight class would have favored Nino vs Tiger or not, but it was plain that at 175 the old Tiger man was just too strong and effective for the Italian. Nino came along at a good time for boxing, which was suffering the doldrums sin Ali/Clay's exile and was just what the doctor ordered with his glamorous playboy image, but his place was definitely in the middleweight class, not light heavy.
     
  6. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I'm long overdue in responding to your 1966 Griffith-Tiger thread....and you'll hear from me in that one withing the next two days...and I might add, you've already distinguished yourself, as far as I'm concerned with your choice of these fighters, from that era...this forum needs more posters like yourself!!:beer-toast1:
     
  7. TheEliteMaster100

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    Likewise @red cobra , the 60's and 70's are my favourite era.

    It's a shame there wasn't a super middleweight division, Tiger would've really benefitted from that class given the fact that he never outweighed 168 as a lightheavyweight.

    Tiger was simply weight drained vs Griffith and simply had to move up. He himself stated his worst fight was not against Foster who he outboxed before that vicious Kayo but his 2nd fight vs Griffith in which father plan really struck.

    Benvenuti like Toney were hot and cold fighters.
     
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    Original video got removed.

    Tiger without a doubt is top 6 fighter of the 1960's. Alongside Saldivar, Ortiz, Ali, Jofre and Harada. Too many controversial wins for Griffith at Maddison square gardens (vs Tiger, LMH Series) renders him outside top 5.
     
  9. michael mullen

    michael mullen Active Member Full Member

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    I'm a huge fan of middleweight king Emile Griffith.
     
  10. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Active Member Full Member

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    I recall Tiger-Benvenuti as a really boring fight. I watched it then and I've watched it since, and haven't changed my mind. Tiger was a counter puncher, and Nino wouldn't tango, probably for good reason. Tiger had slowed down quite a bit by this time and so had Nino to a lesser extent. Even so, it was satisfying to see because I have always admired Tiger.