Angelo Dundee, the man who trained and motivated Muhammad Ali to boxing greatness, has died aged 90.
In a statement his family said: “Angelo died surrounded by family and friends. He was very happy that he got to celebrate
Ali’s (70th) birthday earlier this year and also that he got to go to the Hall of Fame. He still had much to do, but, led a full and extraordinary life.”
Dundee will be best remembered for being the cornerman for Ali at the height of his boxing career but he also trained 14 other world champions including Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman.
His words of encouragement in the heat of a contest helped his fighters come through their toughest bouts. Many in boxing circles will not forget him telling a suffering Leonard “You’re blowing it, son” when he fought Thomas Hearns in 1981.
Interviewed by Reuters boxing promoter Bob Arum said of Dundee: “He saved Ray Leonard in the Hearns fight. He saved Ali (against Joe Frazier) in Manila. To motivate (a fighter) takes a special skill and there aren’t many people that can do it. In the (more than 45 years) I’ve been in boxing, he is the greatest cornerman by far of anyone that I’ve ever witnessed.”