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04-25 Griffith TigerOn April 25, 1966, Welterweight Champion of the World Emile Griffith came up in weight to beat fierce Nigerian fighter Dick Tiger for the Middleweight Championship of the World. The victory came by unanimous decision from the judges, in spite of the fact that 17 out of 22 sportswriters judged the fight a Tiger victory and the highly unpopular decision was roundly booed. Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of the magazine The Ring, called it the worst decision ever rendered in New York. This was in spite of the fact that Griffith had floored Tiger in round nine, imposing on the Nigerian champion the first knockdown of his career.

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