Randy Ratliff is a former amateur boxer in the Middleweight division.

Early life

Ratliff was born in Roseburg, Oregon on July 15, 1985. He took up boxing at the age of 8 in Concord California, under the guidance of his uncle Rick Ratliff. Boxing has been a part of Ratliff's life since his childhood, and he had dreamed of fighting professionally. Boxing consumed his life from his early days. He idolized past boxers such as Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali. His boxing talents, especially his hand speed, intelligence and punching power were widely recognized at an early age and it seemed he would be destined for a long and successful career as a prizefighter.

Amateur Career and Olympic Trials

Ratliff recorded an amateur record of 35 wins, no losses and no draws with 29 knockouts before he entered the 2004 Olympic Trials in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 17. He would end up losing in a controversial split decision loss to John Kinyon in his final match of the Olympic Trials. Ratliff continued his amateur career after the Olympic Trials. He fought Jake Ward for the Junior Middleweight National Championship later in 2004. During the fourth round of the fight he connected with a right cross to Ward's jaw, sending Ward straight to the mat where he started to convulse and had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital. Ward died of brain injuries during the ambulance ride to the hospital. According to sources close to Ratliff this affected him deeply and he lost the desire and willingness to fight, and ended his boxing career after that fight. He has stayed out of the spotlight ever since.

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