Today in 1962 the “Kid” passed away.

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Romero, Apr 2, 2024.

  1. Romero

    Romero Slapping Enthusiast Full Member

    Mar 27, 2024
    Just a moment to remember all the boxers who had the misfortune to be swept up in the cigar smoke. God Bless Benny Paret and any other fighters who shared a similar fate.
  2. RockyMarciano

    RockyMarciano Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Well said. So young...and so damn long ago.
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  3. Romero

    Romero Slapping Enthusiast Full Member

    Mar 27, 2024
    Too many too soon.
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  4. newurban99

    newurban99 Active Member Full Member

    Apr 24, 2010
    I watched all three Griffith-Paret fights live on television, and the infamous Fullmer-Paret beatdown, too. Benny was a tough kid, not the most talented of boxers but a durable competitor. He floored Emile in round 6 of that fateful bout. I prayed every day for nine days until he died. Newspapers carried stories that Paret called Griffith a "maricon" at the weigh-in and that the slur had fueled Emile's rage when he trapped Benny in the corner and let loose. In those days gay men had to watch out; some dudes thought it was socially acceptable to hunt down homosexuals on the street and give them a beating. We get nostalgic for "simpler" times but life could be depressing then, too.
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