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Benny Paret Fight Worn Robe

Benny Paret Fight Worn Robe

Benny “Kid” Paret was born in Santa Clara, Cuba on March 14, 1937. He began his professional boxing career with a victory over Oscar Campos on April 16, 1954. He quickly advanced through the welterweight division and on May 27, 1960, he defeated champion Don Jordan in a 15 round decision to win the World Welterweight Title. He lost that title to Emile Griffith on April 1, 1961 when he was stopped in the 13th round. He regained the title on September 30, 1961 winning a split decision over Griffith. Some feel he made an ill-fated decision to fight World Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer on December 9, 1961. Fullmer, much bigger and stronger, administered a severe beating to Paret before stopping him in the 10th round. Paret went back to defend his welterweight title on March 24, 1962 at Madison Square Garden in New York against his old nemesis Emile Griffith. In the 12th and final round Griffith hurt Paret who slumped into the corner with his arm falling over the ring ropes to hold himself up. A horrified television and live audience watched as Griffith unleashed a series of fatal blows before referee Ruby Goldstein finally stepped in to stop the action. It was too late. Paret fell into a coma and passed away on April 3, 1962. The fight with Griffith was the subject of a television movie and there are plans for a movie covering the life of Benny “Kid” Paret. Offered here is a very rare fight worn robe used by Benny “Kid” Paret. The robe is a full length blue satin with white trim and white sash. On the reverse in white letters is the name Benny Paret. The robe was manufactured by TUF-WEAR and has their tag in the collar. The robe was worn by Paret in several fights during his career. The robe comes with an LOA from Craig Hamilton of JO Sports, Inc.


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