Leo Randolph (born February 27, 1958 in Columbus, Mississippi) is an American former boxer, who won the Flyweight Gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Leo Randolph
Statistics
Real nameLeo Randolph
Weight(s)Super bantamweight
Height5 ft. 5 in. (165 cm.)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1958-02-27) February 27, 1958 (age 61)
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights19
Wins17
Wins by KO9
Losses2
Draws0
No contests0

Amateur careerEdit

Randolph had an outstanding amateur career. Randolph was a product of the Tacoma Boys Club amateur program, along with fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Seales, and future world champions Rocky Lockridge and Johnny Bumphus. Randolph was trained as an amateur and professional by Joe Clough, the head trainer at the Tacoma Boys Club. In 1975 he was the National Golden Gloves Flyweight champion. He was a National AAU flyweight champion, and was the 1976 Olympic Flyweight Gold Medalist.

Leo Randolph's 1976 Montreal Olympic boxing results were as follows:

Professional careerEdit

Randolph turned pro in 1978. In 1980, he challenged Ricardo Cardona for the WBA Super Bantamweight Title and won via TKO in the 15th round. In his next fight, he lost his title to Sergio Victor Palma via TKO in the 5th. Randolph retired after the bout. He currently holds the record for the earliest retirement ever by a former professional world boxing champion, and at two years and fifty days, Randolph also holds the record for the shortest career for any world boxing champion.

Randolph-Palma fightEdit

After winning the World Boxing Association super bantamweight championship from Ricardo Cardona on May 4, 1980, Randolph made his first title defense versus Argentina's Sergio Palma three months later in Spokane, WA on August 9, 1980. The bout was nationally televised. Palma was not generally known to have an aggressive style or be a hard puncher, but he immediately went on the offensive from the opening bell. Palma staggered Randolph early in the first round, staggered him again, and then floored the champion twice before the round ended. Pressing his advantage, Palma dominated round two, clearly overwhelming the young champion. Randolph rallied in both rounds three and four by boxing defensively, but Palma reasserted himself in round five. Randolph was knocked down for the third time in the contest and rose on shaky legs. Referee Stanley Christodoulou counted beyond the mandatory eight count as Randolph stood groggily with his right hand draped over the top rope. He stopped the fight at 1:12 of the round, ruling that Randolph was in no condition to continue. According to an article written by Jim Benagh in the November 1980 edition of The Ring magazine, Randolph, a deeply religious man, said he did not have the necessary killer instinct to continue as a professional boxer and voluntarily chose to retire from the ring at age 22.

PersonalEdit

Leo now resides in his hometown of Tacoma. After boxing, he started working for the Pierce Transit public bus company in 1988. He works as a Transit Operator and supervisor.

HonorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • July 3, 2006 Sports Illustrated, "A Flurry of Punch Lines" (for update)

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Achievements
Preceded by
Ricardo Cardona
WBA super bantamweight Champion
May 4, 1980 – August 9, 1980
Succeeded by
Sergio Victor Palma