Biopic about bisexual boxer who killed his homophobic opponent finally in the works

Emile Griffith

A biopic about bisexual boxer Emile Griffith is finally in the works after rumours for the film began circulating in 2015.

The biopic is set to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson and produced by Ed Guiney.

The pair previously worked on the Oscar-winning film, Room.

Now, the two will set to work on creating the film which will document Griffith’s life.

The bisexual boxer is known for killing a homophobic competitor during a match in 1962.

He went against Cuban fighter Benny “The Kid” Paret at Madison Square Garden.

Part reportedly mocked Griffith during the weigh-in calling him a maricón (Spanish for faggot) and grabbing his bottom.

In the 12th round of the fight, Griffith threw an uppercut at Paret and knocked him into unconsciousness.

The boxer died 10 days later in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

Now, it is believed that Part died from injuries sustained in a separate fight.

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