November 10, 1994
Randy Neumann was born and raised in Cliffside Park, NJ the town which earlier produced the late, great World Light heavyweight Champion, Gus Lesnevich. Randy and Gus were both lifeguards at Palisades Amusement Park, Gus in The 1930’s, Randy in the 1960’s. They also had the same manager, Joe Vella. Randy went through the Cliffside Park School system and began college in Manhattan. He went to the West Side YMCA to stay in shape and there discovered the “sweet science”. He learned some basics then emigrated to Gleason’s gym in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx. After a brief amateur career of 15 fights Neumann turned professionaL
He made an August entry into the business in August of 1969 with a one round KO in Madison Square Garden. He followed that fight with a winning skein of 11 before being flattened by Jimmy Harris. He learned the hard lesson of: “Just because a guy can’t fight so well doesn’t mean he can’t punch”. Neumann won the rematch handily. He went on to fight Jerry Quarry, Duane Bobick, Jimmy Young, Chuck Wepner et aL In 1975 he was at the top of his game. He had 9 fights in five countries, was rated #9 by Ring Magazine and retired at the age of 28. He came back for one more in 1977 because of newly established ·cruiser weight division and the World Television Champions but sprung a leak over his right eye in the fourth. He finished up at 31 and 7.
He got back into the ring in the late 1970’s as a referee and has logged 20 world titles amongst the myriad of fights worked. The names include, Duran, McGirt, Whittaker, Holyfield and Tyson. His business career started in banking and he went on to become a Certified Financial Planner. His company, Access Financial Planning is located in Clifton, NJ. Using his financial planning and boxing knowledge he set up, with help from his wife, Kathleen, and Bob Lee Sr., the president of the International Boxing Federation the first ever pension plan for boxers.
Randy presently resides in Ridgewood, NJ, with his wife Kathleen and their four children.
- Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
- Promising heavyweight prospect during the early 1970s.
- Best remembered for his 3 wars with local rival Chuck Wepner.
- Posed for Play-Girl Magazine.
- Was leading on points before being stopped by Jerry Quarry.
- A former boxer himself, Neumann has become one of boxing’s best-known referees.
- Listed in the publication Third man in the Ring