Prizefighting: Promises, Promises

It figured to be the most savage middleweight rematch since Zale and Graziano. Emile Griffith, the tough ex-street fighter from the Virgin Islands, had an elaborate revenge planned for Nino Benvenuti, the Italian fishmonger's son who took away his 160-lb. title last April. For starters, he was going to reshape Nino's roamin' nose. "I'm going to hit it and hit it and hit it," vowed Griffith. "I'm going to bend it. Then I'm going to knock him out." Bene, sighed Benvenuti, quaffing his Chianti—let him try. If it was a Pier Sixer...

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