Reg Gutteridge

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January 25, 2009 – Legendary boxing commentator and journalist Reg Gutteridge died after a short illness at age 84. Regarded as Britain’s Voice of Boxing, he was born into a fighting family in Islington, London. His grandfather (Arthur) was a renowned boxer, while his father (Dick) and uncle (Jack) were skilled trainers during the golden era of British boxing. Dick and Jack were identical twins and between them handled many great fighters of their time, including George Dixon and Jim Driscoll. Reg kept the family in boxing by becoming one of England’s most popular boxing scribes, and radio and television broadcasters. For over 45 years, Reg has traveled the globe covering boxing for British audiences and knew well the boxers he covered. He has worked as boxing correspondent for the London Evening News and as commentator for Independent Television among others. Gutteridge has won countless other awards and received Order of British Empire in 1995. An amateur boxer as a youngster, he turned to journalism after losing a leg when he stepped on a mine in Normandy during the Second World War. He worked for the Evening News, in London, as its boxing correspondent for 40 years but made his name as ITV’s voice of boxing before moving to Sky. Gutteridge also covered six Olympic Games. Gutteridge, who lived in Barnet, died on Saturday. He leaves a wife, daughter and four grandsons. His daughter Sally said: “He was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather. He touched many lives.” In 2002 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe also paid tribute to Gutteridge, saying: “His distinctive voice, knowledge of the sport’s greats, insights from decades reporting it and partnership with Jim Watt brought boxing to life for so many viewers. “Just two weeks ago we mourned the death of the BBC’s David Vine. With Reg’s passing, we have lost another figure so familiar from our TV screens over so many years – a real broadcasting great.”