June 27, 1992 |
Montell Griffin, the Studio City light-heavyweight who needed a lawyer to get into the U.S. Olympic team boxoffs, put his fists to work Friday night and registered the only upset at the opening session of the U.S. Olympic boxing team boxoffs. Griffin knocked off Olympic trials champion Jeremy Williams of Long Beach, 14-11, and wasn't very polite about it.
August 8, 1997 |
Last time, Montell Griffin won the WBC light heavyweight championship while on one knee. This time, Griffin was down on all fours as Roy Jones Jr. won it back Thursday night. "Take my crown and I'm coming to get it," said Jones, who knocked Griffin out at 2:31 of the first round and regained the title he had lost on a disqualification for twice hitting Griffin while he was down on one knee on March 21 at Atlantic City, N.J.
June 25, 1992 |
Lawyers, who have had an impact on the U.S. Olympic track and field trials because of the Butch Reynolds case, have also helped change the course of the U.S. boxing trials. Montell Griffin, a Studio City light-heavyweight who reached the Olympic trials tournament final June 14 but was not chosen to compete in this weekend's Olympic boxoffs, is back in the competition. After his Los Angeles attorney, Mitchell Stein, threatened USA Boxing with a lawsuit, the U.S.
June 29, 1992 |
Possibly the most intriguing story of the 1992 U.S. Olympic boxing team is the last story about its selection. It's about The Man From Nowhere, a boxer who refused to pack up and go home when he was told to forget about Barcelona. First, Montell Griffin got a lawyer. Then, with some legal help, he rode into Phoenix on Wednesday and on Sunday afternoon secured the last berth on the Olympic team.
August 6, 1992 |
Had Jack Dempsey started out in the Olympics instead of the Wild West bars and barges, we never would have heard of the Manassa Mauler, the Long Count, the Wild Bull of the Pampas, Luis Firpo, Boyle's Thirty Acres or any of the things that helped make the Twenties Roaring. Had Joe Louis started out in them, we never would have had a Brown Bomber, Bum of the Month, Friday Night Fights. Madison Square Garden would have been dark.
August 9, 1992 |
Forgive me if you're getting tired of me saying this every four years, but boxing is my favorite Olympic venue. On any given day there will be more good stories, more loopy characters and more bizarre scenes at the boxing than anywhere else in the Games. At what other sport would the athletes deliberately miss the spit sink and hock a loogie on the ringside judges? You want stories? Montell Griffin has a heartbreaker.