Re: BOXING: Tragic Stories
GARLAND (Rip) RANDALL rememberd: by Brian Zelley
Stepping back to the Sixties, some may remember boxer Rip Randall from
Texas. Back in January 1968, BOXING ILLUSTRATED added
a In Memoriam Rip Randall piece to the contents page. And the phote
used was not Randall in the usual boxing stance, but with his military uniform on.
the piece spoke about his return from Vietnam and his visit to the
Texas Boxing Gym, then go down to telling the sad tragic story of
Silver and Bronze Star recipient SPC 4 Rip Randall "WILL FIGHT NO MORE".
On October 17, 1967 while manning a machine gun for Company C, 4st Battalion, 26th Infantry Diviision, Spc. Garland Randall was cut down by shrapnel.
On the boxing part of the story, it recalled how Randall was ranked
No. 3 by the World Boxing Association. but lost his
title shot following his defeat by Houston welterweight
MANNY GONZALEZ. Before Manny, Garland had defeated
such boxers as Kenny Lane and Virgil Akins.
fast forward four years later.
In 1972, I had an opportunity to meet Manny Gonzalez, and one of
the boxers that we discussed was war hero RIP RANDALL.
Last edited by Brian Zelley; 02-08-2013 at 05:17 PM.
Reason: correct the name of my buddy Manny Gonzalez