Monday, August 29, 2011

Angie - one of the cool guys

Tomorrow is the 90th birthday of Angelo Dundee, the man forever linked with Mohammad Ali. He was Ali's trainer, counselor, confident and minder.

Angelo always knows best. Credited with refusing the then Cassius Clay's demand to cut his gloves off in his first fight with Sonny Liston, when Clay believed Liston's gloves were tainted with a substance which caused his eyes to burn, the fight in which Clay won his first world championship, Angie is also given his due for saving Ali's life when he stopped the aging warrior's penultimate fight, against Larry Holmes.

In 50 plus years at the top of his profession, Angie has trained 15 of boxing's world champions, and continues to show up daily at his 5th street gym in Miami's South Beach, to train his roster of youngsters. Ever the gentleman in a rough business, dedicated to hard work and generous with his time, Mr. Dundee is a throwback. I hope he lives in good health forever.


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