Emile Griffith dead at 75

Griffith will sadly be best remembered for his killing his rival, Benny Paret, in the ring during their third fight.

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Emile Griffith swings wildly during his fight against Benny "The Kid" Paret. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith lies on the mat after being knocked down by a right from Benny Paret in the sixth round of their welterweight championship fight at the Garden. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Benny Paret lies helpless against ropes as Emile Griffith batters him into unconsciousness during 12th round of their welterweight championship fight at the Garden. Ref Ruby Goldstein pulled Griffith off Paret, who slumped to the canvas. It was ruled a TKO at 2:09 of the 12th. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Benny Paret slumps against the ropes after being knocked out by Emile Griffith in the 12th round of their welterweight championship fight at the Garden. It was ruled a TKO at 2:09 of the 12th. Paret was moved, still unconscious, to Roosevelt Hospital after getting last rites in dressing room. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith celebrates after knocking out Benny Paret in their third and final fight to regain the welterweight title. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith fits on his protective headgear at London's Thomas A. Beckett gymnasium during training. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith stands over Osvaldo Marcano after putting him down with a left-right combination in the 1958 147-pound open final. The knockdown came just before the bell at the end of round one. Saved by the bell, Marcano went on to complete the fight, but Griffith won the championship. (Photo by Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith poses for a photo. (Getty)

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Emile Griffith trains for a fight. (Getty)

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Emile Griffith stretches while training. (Getty)

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Emile Griffith poses with boxing writer Nat Fleischer and Benny Paret as he is presented with the Ring Magazine Belt after winning his first fight against Benny Paret on April 1, 1961 in Miami, Florida. (The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith poses before a fight between Harold Weston and Wilfredo Benitez at Madison Square Garden on February 2, 1977 in New York, New York. Wilfredo Benitez defeated Harold Weston PTS 10. (Photo by The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

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Emile Griffith, former three time world welterweight champion and two time middleweight champion, poses for a portrait at The Waterfront Crabhouse on May 16, 2005 in Long Island City, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.)