Reg Gutteridge, OBE (March 29, 1924 – January 24, 2009) was a boxing journalist and television commentator.
Gutteridge was born into a boxing family in Islington, London. His grandfather, Arthur Gutteridge, was the first professional boxer to appear at the original National Sporting Club, and his father and uncle (Dick Gutteridge and Jack Gutteridge) were the Gutteridge Twins recognized as the premier cornermen and trainers in Britain throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Gutteridge was an amateur flyweight boxer when he was conscripted as a foot soldier with the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1942. During D-Day two years later, Gutteridge jumped from his tank and landed on a mine. It cost him his left leg and dreams of becoming a boxing champion.
He was married to childhood sweetheart Connie for nearly 60 years; they have two daughters (Susan and Sally-Ann) and four grandsons.
Gutteridge died following a stroke on January 24, 2009, aged 84.
Covered British boxing as a radio and televison commentator for over 45 years, known as ITV's voice of boxing, a job he performed for 30 years from 1962. He covered six Olympiads and commentated on sports as diverse as greyhound racing and tug o' war while working on the Saturday show World of Sport.
Gutteridge formed a commentating partnership with former world lightweight champion Jim Watt. One of his most bizarre experiences was to be summoned by Muhammad Ali to interview him in the corner during a world title defence. Gutteridge and Ali became friends, and when he was ill in a London hospital during the 1980s, he woke up to find Ali in prayer at his bedside.
Boxing correspondent for the London Evening News for more than 30 years. His autobiography Uppercuts and Dazes was published in 1998, and Muhammad Ali provided the foreword.
Awards and Recognition
- 1991 Sam Taub Award: The Boxing Writers Association of America Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism Award
- 1995 He became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
- 2002 Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame
- Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, "Expanded Category" (Writers & Historians & Photo Journalists)