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Randy Gordon, or “Randy G,” as he’s called by his friends and colleagues, considers himself to be “the luckiest boxing fan ever born.” That’s because this self-proclaimed “boxing junkie” has gone from being a fighter to a writer to an editor to an announcer to a state commissioner to a promoter for a major casino to an author to one of the busiest personal trainers in the country and the host of TWO wildly-popular talk shows on satellite radio.
After graduating from Long Island University in 1972, Randy was hired to become the Assistant Editor of both World & International Boxing Magazines. In 1979, he was hired by The Ring’s new owner, Bert Sugar, to become the magazine’s Associate Editor. Together, Sugar and Gordon put out what is widely considered, to this day, to be the best Ring Magazines published in the 90-year history of the magazine. In 1983, he became the fourth and youngest Editor-in-Chief of the historical “Bible of Boxing.”
During his years at The Ring, Randy was asked by ESPN to sit in on a boxing telecast from the “Ice World” in Totowa, New Jersey. ESPN promptly signed Randy to be their color analyst, splitting that duty with Al Bernstein. For two years, Randy brought his exuberance, honesty and love for boxing to ringside for ESPN, before moving to the USA Network in 1983. There, he and blow-by-blow announcer Al Albert became known as TV boxing’s best one-two punch for the next five years.
A telephone call from then-New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo in the summer of 1988 changed all that. In that call, Gov. Cuomo asked Gordon if he’d be interested in becoming Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. Gordon said yes. On August 1, 1988, Gordon officially took over the post as head of one of the oldest boxing commissions in the United States. During his seven-year tenure, which ended when Cuomo was unseated by George Pataki, Gordon re-wrote the obsolete New York State rulebook, trained new boxing judges and referees, toured the country giving seminars to at least one dozen of his fellow commissions, was voted President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and took the New York State Athletic Commission to new heights of respect in the world. Gordon also donated 100% of the money he earned (nearly $50,000) in choice, high-profile announcing jobs—such as the boxing events at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, as well as the Mike Tyson-Larry Holmes Heavyweight Championship Fight—to underprivileged schools, hospitals and other charitable organizations.
Following his departure from the NYSAC, Gordon became the Director of Boxing for the Foxwoods Casino. Among the boxing superstars he promoted were Roy Jones Jr. and Lucia Rijker (who played the villainess in “Million Dollar Baby”). During his tenure at Foxwoods, he helped set up the Mashantucket Pequot Boxing Commission before leaving to become a Personal Trainer.
In 2001, Gordon wrote a children’s book, “Muhammad Ali,” which was published by Penguin/Grossett-Dunlap. The following year, he wrote another children’s book, “The NBA Sticker Book,” which was published by Scholastic Books.
Gordon has roles in the motion pictured “Accused” (with actress Jodie Foster, who won an Oscar for her role in the movie; HBO’s “Undefeated,” in which Randy plays himself as a TV commentator; and in HBO’s 2009 Emmy-award winning documentary, “Assault in the Ring.”
In 2003, Gordon trained the Executive Producer of the “Imus in the Morning” show—Bernard McGuirk—for his charity boxing match, entitled “Fear at the Pier,” against sportscaster Sid Rosenberg. Gordon and McGuirk stopped the team of Rosenberg and Teddy Atlas in the third round of their nationally-televised match.
On November 10, 2005, Gordon was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at their yearly awards dinner in Garfield, New Jersey.
In July 2007, Randy began hosting a show on Sirius Satellite Radio called “Fight Club,” a talk/call-in/interview show about the fastest-growing sport in the world—Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The show is heard every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 4-6 pm on Sirius channel 94 & XM 208. His co-hosts are RJ Clifford and Ricky "Bones" Bonnet. In March 2010, Randy added a boxing show to his schedule called “Friday Night at the Fights,” heard every Friday from 7-9 pm on the same channels as “Fight Club.” His co-host on the show is former heavyweight contender "Gentleman" Gerry Cooney.
Gordon is currently at work on a book entitled "Glove Affair," due to be completed by the Fall of 2012.
Gordon and his wife, Roni, live in Melville, Long Island. They have five children and eight grandchildren.