Reg Gutteridge signs autographs at the Canvey Boxing Show in 1989. No other details on back of photo. Were you there? Did you get his autograph? Please comment below.
Reginald George Gutteridge, OBE (29 March 1924 – 24 January 2009) was a British boxing journalist and television commentator.
Gutteridge was born into a boxing family in Islington, London. His grandfather, Arthur, was the first professional boxer to appear at the original National Sporting Club. His father and uncle (Dick and Jack, the Gutteridge Twins) were recognised as the premier cornermen and trainers in Britain throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Gutteridge was an amateur flyweight boxer when he was conscripted as a foot soldier with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1942. During the Invasion of Normandy two years later, Gutteridge jumped from a tank and landed on a mine. This cost him his left leg and dreams of becoming a boxing champion. However, the incident provided him with the opportunity for some entertainment: for instance, during one holiday in Italy, he went to the beach at San Remo. He went for a swim and hopped out on one leg shouting “Shark, shark!”, having hidden his prosthetic limb under a towel.