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Griffith later won the world middleweight title and claimed an early version of the junior middleweight world championship, a claim that has not been universally recognized although some consider Griffith a three-division champion fighter.
In 1971, two months after they met, Griffith married Mercedes (Sadie) Donastrog, who was then a member of the dance troupe "Prince Rupert and the Slave Girls." Griffith adopted Donastorg's daughter. Griffith said he was attracted to men and women.
In 1992, he was beaten and almost killed on a New York City street, after leaving a gay bar near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He was in the hospital for four months after the assault. It was not clear if the violence was motivated by homophobia.
- "Former boxing champion Emile Griffith dies at 75". Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/07/23/former-boxing-champion-emile-griffith-dies-at-75/. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- The Shadow Boxer Sports Illustrated April 18, 2005
- Emile Griffith Benny Paret and the Fatal Fight at New York Times.com
- Ring Memorabilia
- 'Ring of Fire' Connects With True Story of A Fatal Blow Washington Post article April 20, 2005