By Jim Amato

An overlooked heavyweight in the talent rich 1970′s was New Jersey’s Randy Neumann. Born on July 21, 1948 Randy joined the punch for pay ranks in 1969. He reeled off eleven straight wins but in 1971 he was stopped in two by Jimmy Harris. Randy came right back to decision Harris in a return bout.

Randy continued his move up the ladder with two decisions over rugged Argentine Raul Gorosito and a verdict over Brian O’Melia. On December 9, 1971 Randy captured the New Jersey State heavyweight title by outscoring Chuck Wepner. In 1972 Randy followed the Wepner win with a points victory over Jimmy Young at Madison Square Garden. A month later he lost the New Jersey title back to Wepner.

In 1973 Randy received an opportunity to meet long time top contender Jerry Quarry who was beginning a comeback. Quarry proved to be too much, halting Randy after seven rounds. Neumann attempted to regain the New Jersey title in 1974 but lost in seven to Wepner.

Despite a disqualification loss in the Bahamas to Wendell Joseph, 1975 saw Randy score his biggest career victory as he out boxed Boone Kirkman over ten rounds. The win gave Randy another date at the Garden this time against unbeaten prospect Duane Bobick. The hard-hitting Bobick floored Randy three times in the fourth round for an automatic TKO.

Randy had his last fight in 1977 when he taken out in five rounds by Ibar Arrington. In all Neumann had 38 bouts, winning 31 of them. He scored 11 knockouts. Of his seven losses, he was stopped five times. Randy was a smart and smooth boxer but he lacked the big punch. He also had a tendency to cut. He was a game battler though and he always came to fight. Today he is one of the most respected referees in the business.

Jim Amato

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  1. Randy Neumann

    Thanks for the kind words.

     
    • Jim Amato

      You are more then welcome Sir.

       

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