Sal, this is an excerpt from an interview on Ortega where he addresses the Griffith fight: DH: The title changed hands in Benny’s next fight and you got the call for your long-awaited title shot for the welterweight championship of the world with the new champion. Tell me about your title fight with Emile Griffith. GO: Well, first of all I should tell you that Emile Griffith did not want to fight me. He had won a split decision over me a year earlier and it must have been in his head. It was Gil Clancy, his manager, who talked him into it. I trained so hard for this fight, but then it got postponed a week. Instead of easing up on the training for the new date, I kept going. Then they had me sparring in open-air sessions. You know, with a crowd present. Well, I didn’t want to look bad, so every sparring session was a war. And they had me in with middleweights. I can tell you right now that the day of the fight I had absolutely nothing. I was so burned out and overtrained that Griffith had no problem with me.