November 9, 1988 |
Sugar Ray Leonard met the press again Tuesday morning, praising Donny Lalonde's effort in their unexpectedly dramatic bout at Caesars Palace Monday night, and also delivering back-handed slaps at Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Leonard's ousted trainer, Angelo Dundee. "Donny never lost faith in himself, while a lot of you (reporters) kept questioning his credentials," Leonard said.
November 24, 1986
The day before the fight, Angelo Dundee told the New York Times that Trevor Berbick had little to fear from Mike Tyson's punch. "He pumps iron," Dundee said of the challenger. "I've never seen a good fighter who pumped iron. When a guy pumps iron, he's got a weightlifter's body, not a boxer's body. A boxer has to be flexible. "People talk about Tyson's upper body strength but that's phony. If you got no legs, you got no upper body strength. Tyson doesn't have his legs under him."
November 23, 1986 |
According to the Trevor Berbick camp Saturday night, it was all some sportswriter's fault. That was the best explanation any of the handlers of the dethroned World Boxing Council heavyweight champion could come up with, outside a small beige trailer in the Hilton parking lot. "Basically, in my opinion, Trevor fought a very stupid fight," said Carl King, son of the promoter and Berbick's manager. "He read too many newspapers while he was training here.
May 11, 1986 |
The possibility of a Sugar Ray Leonard-Marvin Hagler middleweight championship fight has prompted opinions ranging from trainer Angelo Dundee's suggestion that such a match "would be part of history" to promoter Bob Arum's appraisal that it would be "ludicrous" for Leonard to attempt such a bout.
June 23, 1985
Bill Prezant, co-trainer of Pinklon Thomas along with Angelo Dundee, says that not only is the WBC heavyweight champion injury-prone, he is something of a hypochondriac, leading to all sorts of problems in preparing for fights. Prezant tells the New York Times of some of the problems leading up to the Mike Weaver fight in Las Vegas: "A week before the fight, he doubles over in pain. Can't straighten up his back. Angelo says he's going to call some specialists from Miami.