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February 2, 2012 |
Angelo Dundee, who trained the two most celebrated fighters of his era, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, and 15 world champions in all in a Hall of Fame career that began in 1952, has died. He was 90. Dundee died Wednesday at a Clearwater, Fla., rehabilitation center, said his son, James. He had a blood clot that developed during a flight back to his Florida home after visiting Ali in Louisville, Ky., for the boxer's 70th birthday last month. Dundee was in Ali's corner for the Fight of the Century, the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila, and in Leonard's corner for his No Mas match against Roberto Duran as well as his memorable fights against Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
February 25, 1997 |
Since they first fought 33 years ago today in Miami Beach for the heavyweight championship, Muhammad Ali has boasted that he never feared Sonny Liston. That's not true, says Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee. Ali did fear Liston. Once. It wasn't on the day of the fight, which Ali won when Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.
June 8, 1992 |
Ken Norton's career spanned 50 fights, but he acknowledged Sunday as he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y., that he's best remembered for one punch. Norton was introduced as the boxer who broke Muhammad Ali's jaw on March 31, 1973, in a fight for the North American Boxing Federation title. "Because of Angelo Dundee and a guy named Ali, I became known," Norton said to fans at Sunday's third annual induction ceremony. "My bank account grew," he added.
August 2, 1990 |
Trainer Angelo Dundee said he plans to concentrate on getting middleweight boxing champion Michael Nunn ready for his Oct. 18 title defense, but Nunn's lawyer said the two may team up for more fights. "This is going to be a kick for me," Dundee said. "We're going to have some fun with Michael Nunn, but it's going to be no fun to fight him."
January 24, 1990
Chris Dundee, 82, boxing promoter and matchmaker and older brother of trainer Angelo Dundee, has been hospitalized in Miami after suffering a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
June 11, 1989 |
Boxing's Senior Tour of golden oldies continues Monday night when Sugar Ray Leonard fights Thomas Hearns--again. The winner earns an almost certain date with Roberto Duran--again. Are these guys getting better with age, or do the fans really just like to see a good fight--again? "It's the best game in town," veteran trainer Angelo Dundee said. "That's why it sells out." Dundee was in Leonard's corner Sept. 16, 1981, when Sugar Ray, squinting through a badly swollen left eye, stopped Hearns in the 14th round.