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The story of Reg’s father, Dick, and uncle, Jack, who were at one time the best seconds in the country

TWELVE years ago I had the privilege of chatting with the late Reg Gutteridge about his life in boxing and his fascinating family history. Most fight fans will remember Reg for his erudite TV commentary and journalism, but I imagine few will know about the forebears from whom he inherited his love of the sport. Reg’s paternal grandfather, Arthur Gutteridge, had been a renowned bareknuckle pugilist and was later chief second at the National Sporting Club in Covent Garden. He trained the likes of George Dixon, Frank Goddard and future film star Victor McLaglen, and is said to have taught Rudyard Kipling to box. Reg’s father, Dick, and his identical twin brother, Jack, learnt the art of corner work from their father, and in the 1930s and ‘40s they were Britain’s top seconds. Their uncanny resemblance – in face, body and mannerisms – made them well-known personalities, but it wasn’t just this that earned them their fame; they were genuinely among the best at what they did.

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