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WORD: Emile Griffith biographer Ross does book singing at boxing card
Edited Press Release

As a special treat for boxing fans attending Tuesday, November 11th’s "Bad Boys of Boxing" event at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, author Ron Ross will be on hand to sign copies of his critically acclaimed new book "Nine... Ten.. And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith" (DiBella Entertainment).

Ron Ross will have copies of the book available for sale at tonight’s boxing card, which has former world champion Glen Johnson, Edison Miranda, and James McGirt Jr. fighting in separate bouts.


"NINE... TEN... AND OUT!" explores more than just the ring battles of a legendary champion. It takes us from a roped-off arena to a far larger battleground, that of life itself.

Having fought 112 fights on five continents, the holder of six championship belts and appreciated as a warrior who took on all comers, Emile Griffith captivated the boxing world with his exciting style and a disarming personality. Enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a charter inductee, Emile Griffith's place in boxing history as one of the greatest prizefighters ever to climb into a ring is assured.

However, Emile Griffith's toughest battle was waged without gloves and it was fought outside the ring. He battled ethereal demons and devils, and, at times, himself. It was an inner conflict, but a battle that he had to wage - a struggle to bring together two lives - both his.

Emile Griffith did not choose his career as a prizefighter. It just happened and it all came so naturally that he accepted that this was his world. Nor did he choose his lifestyle, how he lived it or who he lived it with. It, too, came so naturally that he never questioned that this, also, was his world. However, there was always the apprehension that his two worlds were incompatible.


Ron Ross is a native New Yorker and was himself a professional boxer, a fight promoter, and a manager. He remains active in the boxing world as a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and writes numerous boxing articles as well as covering major fights around the country.  He earned his B.A. at Brooklyn College where he majored in English and then studied for his Masters Degree at New York University after a two year hitch in the army. His desire to become a writer was side-tracked for thirty-five years while he carved out a career in real estate, not by choice, but rather as a fortunate pawn of fate.

His first book, "The Tomato Can," a novel, received excellent reviews and when this was followed by his widely acclaimed "Bummy Davis vs Murder, Inc.," Ron was convinced that a career change was in order. Now, besides playing softball, his favorite pastime is to vividly recreate a world familiar to so few.

Ron's current work is a biography of Emile Griffith, the great middle and welterweight champion from the 1960s and early 1970s. He was also the consultant on the documentary, Ring of Fire; the Story of Emile Griffith, about Griffith’s legendary fights with Benny "Kid" Paret.

Ron, a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, divides his time between Oceanside, New York and Boca Raton, Florida. Ron Ross was inducted into the Long Island Jewish Hall of Fame on May 21, 2006. Check out his website for more information.


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