He was only a high school senior — the youngest member of Team USA — when Leo Randolph pulled off four consecutive upsets and beat a Cuban to win the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, where his teammates included Sugar Ray Leonard, the Spinks brothers, and Howard Davis Jr.
Randolph — now 60 and driving a city bus in his home city of Tacoma, Wash. — joined us to reminisce about his famous teammates, iconic sportscaster Howard Cosell, heightened security in the Olympic Village following the 1972 attack at the Munich Games (where 11 Israeli wrestlers were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists), and more.
Randolph won the WBA super bantamweight crown as a pro, lost his first defense, and immediately left the sport behind, becoming the youngest retired world champion in boxing history.
This story-packed conversation with Leo Randolph is the main event of a show that also includes another weird Tyson Fury story from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, plus a review of Saturday’s fights (Mikey vs. Lipinets, and Valdez vs. Quigg), and some strong opinions from expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti about Canelo’s dirty drug test.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” currently on Amazon’s bestseller list.