• Short Summary

    AMERICA'S WORLD WELTERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, EMILE GRIFFITH OF NEW YORK, SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HIS TITLE, JULY 13, IN LAS VEGAS AGAINST RALPH DUPAS OF NEW ORLEANS.

  • Description

    1.
    LV.CONVENTION CENTRE STADIUM.
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    2.
    CU.POSTER FOR FIGHT: "GRIFFITH V. DUPAS"
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    3.
    CU.FEET ON SCALE, TILT UP TO DUPAS AT WEIGH-IN.
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    4.
    CU.DUPAS.
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    5.
    SV.GRIFFITH.
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    6.
    CU.GRIFFITH.
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    7.
    SCU.JUDGES LOOKING AT SCALE.
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    8.
    SCU.GRIFFITH (LEFT) AND DUPAS (RIGHT) SHAKE HANDS.
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    9.
    LV.LAS VEGAS STREET SCENE.
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    10.
    CU.MONTAGE NEON SIGNS OF HOTELS AND NIGHT SPOTS LAS VEGAS.
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    11.
    LV.TRAFFIC IN STREET.
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    12.
    SIDE V..TRAFFIC IN STREET.
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    13.
    SV.RINGSIDE.
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    14.
    CU.DUPAS IN RING.
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    15.
    CU.GRIFFITH IN RING.
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    16.
    LV.ARENA.
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    17.
    CU.BELL BEING SOUNDED FOR START OF FIGHT.
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    18.
    SV.START OF ROUND ONE (VERY LITTLE ACTION).
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    19.
    SCU.CROWD REACTION.
    1.09

    20.
    SV.5TH ROUND. GRIFFITH CATCHES DUPAS WITH HARD RIGHT TO HEAD. DUPAS STAGGERS AGAINST ROPES. THEY CLINCH. REFEREE BREAKS THEM. GRIFFITH PURSUES DUPAS ROUND RING. TRIES A LOOPING RIGHT BUT DUPAS DODGES IT.
    1.26

    21.
    SCU.CROWD REACTION.
    1.28

    22.
    SV.CLOSE IN - FIGHTING, REFEREE BREAKS THEM, MORE CLOSE-IN ACTION.
    2.05

    23.
    SCU.CROWD APPLAUDS.
    2.06

    24.
    SCU.REFEREE RAISES GRIFFITH'S RIGHT HAND.
    2.13

    25.
    CU.GRIFFITH SMILING.
    2.21



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    EDITORS: NO MORE THAN TWO MINUTES MAY BE USED IN ANY ONE SCHEDULED NEWS PROGRAMME
    SPORT: BOXING

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    Background: AMERICA'S WORLD WELTERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, EMILE GRIFFITH OF NEW YORK, SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HIS TITLE, JULY 13, IN LAS VEGAS AGAINST RALPH DUPAS OF NEW ORLEANS. AT THE WEIGHT IN THE CHALLENGER - WHO WON A UNANIMOUS POINTS DECISION - SCALED 145 3/4 LBS POUNDS TO GRIFFITH'S 145 1/4. IT WAS 23-YEAR-OLD GRIFFITH'S FIRST DEFENCE OF HIS TITLE SINCE LAST SPRING, WHEN HE REGAINED THE WORLD CROWN FROM BENNY 'KID' PARET, WHO LATER DIED AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING THE CONTEST.

    PROVIDING A COUNTER-ATTRACTION TO THE GAMBLING 'DENS' AND NIGHT CLUBS OF LAS VEGAS WAS THE CONVENTION CENTRE, WHERE NEARLY EIGHT-THOUSAND FANS ASSEMBLED FOR THE FIGHT. SCHEDULED TO RUN FIFTEEN ROUNDS, THE CONTEST STARTED QUIETLY. DUPAS, WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS ELUSIVE TACTICS AND A VETERAN OF 115 PROFESSIONAL BOUTS, WAS DETERMINED TO KEEP OUT OF RANGE OF GRIFFITH'S DAMAGING RIGHT.

    FOR FOURTEEN ROUNDS OF THE FIGHT, GRIFFITH WAS UNABLE TO LAND A SOLID BLOW. DODGING AND WEAVING, DUPAS ELUDED THE CHAMPION'S BEST PUNCHES. BUT GRIFFITH WAS PILING UP POINTS WITH HIS MORE ACCURATE BODY PUNCHING.

    EARLY IN THE FIFTEENTH ROUND, GRIFFITH LANDED ONE GOOD SOLID RIGHT TO THE HEAD WHICH HAD HIS OPPONENT REELING AGAINST THE ROPES, BUT THE WILY AND EXPERIENCED DUPAS WENT INTO A CLINCH AND HUNG ON UNTIL THE REFEREE BROKE IT UP. THOUGH OBVIOUSLY IN SOME DIFFICULTY, DUPAS MANAGED TO SURVIVE THE ROUNDS. AS ELUSIVE AS EVER HE EVADED ALL GRIFFITH'S ATTEMPTS TO PUT HIM DOWN AND THE CHAMPION'S SWINGING RIGHTS WENT HARMLESSLY PAST HIS SHOULDER.

    AT THE END OF THE 15TH ROUND THERE WAS NO DOUBT OF THE WINNER - EMILE GRIFFITH RETAINED HIS WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY THE JUDGES' UNANIMOUS DECISION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1U5CJQ8TMOTGXQH5YJARWHP4G
    Media URN:
    VLVA1U5CJQ8TMOTGXQH5YJARWHP4G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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