Emile-GriffithThe bisexual boxer who killed his homophobic opponent is about to get his own biopic.

Emile Griffith faced Benny Paret in a match on 24 March 1962.

The winner of the match would be crowned a world champion.

Paret mocked Griffith during the weigh-in before the match.

He allegedly mocked Griffith by grabbing his butt and called the Spanish word for ‘faggot’.

Griffith cornered Paret and punched him during the 12th round, which knocked him unconsciousness.

Paret was taken away in a stretch.

The match had taken place in Madison Square Garden.

Paret remained unconsciousness and died in hospital 10 days later.

Griffith explained in an interview with Sports Illustrated: ‘I like men and women both… I love men and women the same, but if you ask me which is better… I like women.’

Rumors have been circulating about a film based on Griffith since 2015.

But it is officially happening.

He died on 23 July 2013, aged 75.

Release date

Director Lenny Abrahamson and producer Ed Guiney are book to create the film.

The pair previously worked on award-winning film Room.

Abrahamson told Deadline: ‘You look at how closely his two worlds intersected. Just how different are they, when the sport is such a celebration of the male body and the beauty of its athleticism.

‘Go one step further, and inject the tiniest sense of sexuality, and people are up in arms.

‘Griffith himself once said a quote that just floored me. “They forgave me for killing a man, but they couldn’t forgive me for loving a man.”

‘That to me was so powerful and such a crazy contradiction. And it is still relevant today.’

It is reported we can expect the film in 2018 or 2019.


One Comment Add yours

  1. renudepride says:

    My blogging buddy, thank you for publishing this information. I’d never seen anything about this incident in either the Gay or mainstream media before. I look forward to the chance to view this film. Naked hugs!


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