Teddy Brenner got his start in boxing arranging fights in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for Irving Cohen shortly after World War II. In 1947, he was hired as assistant matchmaker at Madison Square Garden. After the Garden had a falling out with the Boxing Managers' Guild, and lost its booking rights, Brenner moved to the Laurel Garden in Newark, New Jersey.
Brenner would return to various roles in New York City during the 1950s working as assistant matchmaker at the Garden again, as well as matchmaking and promoting at Coney Island Velodrome, Long Beach Stadium, and finally at Eastern Parkway Arena. It was at Eastern Parkway where he was able to establish himself, with the help of the Dumont television network's broadcast of his Monday night shows. All told Brenner made 156 television main events during his run at Eastern Parkway.
Eastern Parkway Arena was struggling to stay afloat due to declining attendance and ratings, so Brenner shifted to the other remaining New York club, the St. Nicholas Arena. He would work there until 1959, when the IBC was broken up.
After this, Brenner became the matchmaker at Madison Square Garden, a position he would hold for over nineteen years, until 1973. Here he would book his most famous fight, the first meeting between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
In 1973, with the retirement of Harry Markson, he took over as the president of Madison Square Garden Boxing, Inc. He was fired as president in 1978 by Sonny Werblin, after he declined to do business with Don King. In 1980, he was hired as an advisor by Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.
Awards and Recognition
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, "Expanded Category" (Promoters & Matchmakers)