Benny Paret was a boxer born in Santa Clara, Cuba on March 14, 1937. Known in boxing as Benny the "Kid" Paret, he died in New York City on April 3, 1962 as a result of injuries sustained in a fight with Emile Griffith. Paret had cruelly taunted Griffith before the fight and called him a homosexual. Because of this insult, Griffith administered a frightful beating of over 20 unanswered blows. Referee Ruby Goldstein was blamed by many for not stopping the fight soon enough.