Chicago native and Former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Montell “Ice” Griffin to be inducted into the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame at the organizations 30th annual induction dinner on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Brook House Restaurant, 920 Elmridge Center Drive, Rochester, NY 14626. Griffin will join Tony Tucker, Lamon Brewster, Ernie Brown, and Carmen Basilio (posthumously) in this year’s Class of Inductees.
This is Griffin’s fifth hall of fame induction which includes the Indiana Boxing Hall of Fame (2021), National Boxing Hall of Fame (2019), Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame (2015) and California State Boxing Hall of Fame (2014). Griffin who was trained by legendary coaches Eddie Futch and Clarence Griffin, started boxing at an early age when his father Clarence Griffin used to train boxing legend Muhammad Ali at his gym Windy City Boxing Club when Ali visited the Chicago area. After his father passed away when Griffin was only twelve years old, he did not box again until he was in his twenties.
After his return to boxing, Griffin made the USA Olympic team in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. Even though he did not medal it was undoubtedly one of the highlights of his career. Griffin’s boxing achievements includes beating the highly rated James Toney (Atlanta/Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame) twice, wining the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Belt in their first fight. Griffin won the WBC Light Heavyweight by way of disqualification of Roy Jones’s Jr., after leading the fight, he was hit by Jones inadvertently while having a knee on the canvas. Griffin’s first professional loss came after the controversial rematch with Jones.
Griffin amassed a professional record of 50-8, and was also the 1992 Canadian Amateur Boxing Champion, 1993 United States Amateur Boxing Champion, 1994 North American Boxing Federation, 1996 WBU Light Heavyweight Champion, 1997 WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, and the 2006 United States Boxing Association Light Heavyweight Title.
Recently, Griffin, who runs the “Clarence Griffin Windy City Boxing Club” in Chicago as embarked on a career in acting and comedy, most recently in the Richard Gallion theatre production “1800’s vs 2020” where he played the role of “Stan” an antagonist character in the drama. As a comedian, Griffin is “knocking out” audiences with his brand of comedy performing at a number for venues across Chicago and the country. He is also a motivational speaker looking to speak at schools and organizations.
Griffin’s remarkable story is conveyed in his autobiography “The Ice Life” [https://theicelifebook.com/].