The luckiest fight fan in the world tells all.
Welcome back to the PRITTY Left Hook podcast where we get real about combat sports. I promise you that I will take a position that will have you either fist-bumping your co-worker in the next cubicle or cursing me out voraciously. I talk trash and get in that ass (pause).
Randy “The Commish” Gordon is a lucky man.
Gordon has spent over 40 years in the world of professional boxing. His roles have included life as a broadcaster, ring announcer, New York State’s athletic commissioner, editor of The Ring magazine, and host of SiriusXM Radio’s At the Fights.
No one else has ever seen the sport from so many different angles and from such lofty seats.
In his new book, Glove Affair: My Lifelong Journey in the World of Professional Boxing, Gordon recounts never-before-heard stories of the boxing industry. He also offers insights into some of its most famous figures, including Hall-of-Famers Bert Sugar, Alexis Arguello, Bob Arum, and Mike Tyson and reveals the details behind MMA being sanctioned in New York.
With the perspective only an insider can offer, Gordon also reflects on his times with Muhammad Ali—including the champ’s mind-dazzling magic tricks and his thoughts on the “Thrilla’ in Manila”—and provides a glimpse into the boxing commissioner’s office with stories of a wild and fiery hearing and a commission employee’s betrayal of the agency.
From his days as a wheelchair-bound, severely injured boy in 1959 to the most-widely-listened-to boxing talk show host on the radio, Gordon recalls his life story with passion, humor, and love. Listen to the wisdom of one of the sport’s greats.