Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Angelo Dundee, Hall of Fame Trainer, Passes at 90 Years

By Michael Marley

Boxing lost a man who was arguably the greatest trainer ever, cornerman and all around ring strategist on Wednesday.

My good friend, the Hall Of Fame trainer, a genuine maker of champions, Angelo Dundee died at his Florida home. I'm told by Dundee's area boxing buddy, Johnny Bos, that the trainer's daughter, Suzanne, said he had "a massive heart attack."

Dundee, who would have turned 91 come August, was hale and hearty pretty much up until the end of his life. Dundee did use a wheelchair in recent years but he was mentally sharp and aware until he died.

The lone living member of Ali's highly-touted world championship corner is now Dr. Ferdie Pacheco. Cornerman Wali Youngblood Muhammad, out of the limelight after Ali's career ended with a loss to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas in 1981, died last week in Harlem.
First to go from the quartet was colorful "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" chanter Drew Bundini Brown who reportedly died of a drug overdose in 1987.

In what have been his final major public appearance, Dundee was showerred with attention at his great pupil Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday party held at the Ali Museum in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 14 (three days prior to the actual birthday).

I spoke with Dundee over breakfast the day of the swinging soireee honoring the former Cassius Marcellus Clay.

With his son Jimmy attentively at his side, Dundee clearly remembered me, not only as a former New York Post boxing columnist but as a pesky 12 year old Ali fanatic who kept popping up in places the Ali team went, ranging from Chicopee, Mass., to Lewiston, Maine, to Toronto, Canada.

The running joke in Ali's entourage in those early days was how Angelo would freak out when he saw me, usually hanging out with sparring partners Jimmy Ellis and Harvey Cody Jones, and how we would insist that "the kid has to go." I always evaded Dundee and we became great pals over the decades.

While in Louisville, I decided to check and see how the great motivator and teacher's mind was.

"Angelo, you've told me 1,000 times but I always forget, who was the fighter you had in Lousiville when that noisy teenager named  Cassius Clay showed up at your hotel?"
Dundee did not blink or hesitate, immediately going into his oft-told tale about how the spunky, nonstop talking Clay rang up the room where Dundee had Willie Pastrano resting for a local bout.

Born in Philadelphia, Dundee's brother was the Hall Of Fame promoter, Chris Dundee. Of course the real family last name was Mirena.

Chris became a bigtime promoter in Miami Beach and Angelo handled a slew of champions and contenders at the world famous Fifth Street Gym.

Younger fans may recall the great moment in the first Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns bout when Dundee fired up Leonard with a between rounds call to action.

"You're blowing it, son! Your'e blowing it!" Dundee exhorted Leonard. Suitably inspired, Leonard who had been getting outboxed by the Hitman turned the fight around by outslugging the slugger.

Not that Dundee's war cries always had such great results.

When heavyweight James "Quick' Tillis loafed in a fight against Mike "Hercules" Weaver, Dundee yelled at Tillis: "What do you want to be, a bum for the rest of your life."

Bos puts Dundee's overall impact on the sport in perspective.

"He was the greatest spokesman and greatest public relations guy boxing ever had," Bos said.

"Consider all the world champs he had down in Miami at a time when boxing only had eight weight classes and eight world champions. It was phenomenal then and it remains phenomenal today, from era to era.

"Plus, he had two guys who could be said to be the greatest ever in Ali and Leonard. My friend will be missed by me and the entire boxing world. Angelo was one of a kind."

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tlaloc on 02-02-2012

R.I.P Mr. Angelo Dundee... D.E.P

Comment by EdWins on 02-02-2012

A true legend RIP

Comment by StrangerInTown on 02-02-2012

There are few greats craftsmen in this racket. Angie was arguably the greatest strategist that pro boxing has ever seen. Ali spent his entire career in the care of Mr. Dundee. Not every decision made was favorable as Muhammad aged.…

Comment by jri9d0 on 02-02-2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dundee Klan. Angelo, you are TRULY a GREAT thanks for your contribution to our beloved sport, it is appreciated by all...

Comment by KingTito on 02-02-2012

RIP. A true legend.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (64)
Top Headlines Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Deal is "Getting Very Close" Photos: Francesco Patera, Edis Tatli Ready For Rematch Battle Former Manager: Rigondeaux Will Be Remembered For Quit Job Cletus Seldin Vows To Put Real Hurt on Ulysse in HBO Clash Lomachenko vs. Linares a Possibility, Says Golden Boy President Saunders: When I Beat Lemieux, Would Love to Fight Canelo Next Photos: Katie Taylor, Jessica McCaskill - Face To Face at Presser Hearn: Joshua vs. Parker Deal is Close, We're Ready To Overpay BJ Flores Expects Boost, Big Fights From Salita Promotions Deal Tyson Fury No-Shows UKAD Hearing, Creating Further Delay Kell Brook vs. Sergey Rabchenko on March 3 in Sheffield Weekend Review: Lomachenko Rises, Rigondeaux Sinks Frank Warren: DeGale Used Wrong Tactics, He is Not Washed Up Arum Not Least Bit Surprised Lomachenko Made Rigondeaux Quit Andre Ward: Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia is 50-50 Super Fight! Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux: Post-Fight Report Card Corcoran: I'll Bring Horn Right Back To 9th of Pacquiao Fight Coldwell on a "Crazy" 2017: Bellew vs. Haye, McDonnell, More Darren Till, UFC Fighter, Inks Pact With MTK Global Parker: I Think We're Close To Locking in Anthony Joshua Fight Jeff Horn Angry: Online Keyboard Warriors Say I Fight Dirty! Wilder: I'll Make Cuban Sandwich Out of 'Bubbles The Chimp' Ortiz! When is a Loss Not a Loss? Photos: Jeff Horn, Gary Corcoran - Face To Face at Final Presser Luis Ortiz: Deontay Wilder is a Coward, I Saw Fear in His Eyes! Arum Denies Pacquiao-McGregor Talk: It's Total Nonsense Salido: All of The Wars Caught Up With Me, I'm an Old Fighter Now Andre Ward: Farmer Robbed, But He Can Bounce Back From This Arum: Lomachenko is Superhuman, Rigo Was Totally Bewildered! Video: Francisco Vargas Talks Comeback Win, Future Plans Lomachenko: Gary Russell Really Doesn't Want a Rematch With Me DeGale Unsure of Career Future, To Decide After New Year White Warns Arum: We'll See Where You Stand When Smoke Clears! Video: Miguel Roman Reflects on KO of Salido, Future Opponents Tevin Farmer: I Worked Too Hard To Get Robbed, I Deserved Win Video: Andre Ward on Loma-Rigo, Salido, Kovalev Return, More Lomachenko On Rigondeaux Injury: I've Fought With One Hand Macklin Expects Michael Conlan To Step Things Up in 2018 Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Generates Big Rating For ESPN Marquice Weston Wins, James Ballard Stretched in Upset
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement