Dundee, Angelo

Dundee, Angelo,

1921–2012, American boxing trainer, most famous for his work with Muhammad AliAli, Muhammad
, 1942–2016, American boxer, b. Louisville, Ky. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, he was a 1960 Olympic gold medalist. Shortly after upsetting Sonny Liston in 1964 to become world heavyweight champion, he formalized his association with the Nation of Islam (see
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, b. Philadelphia as Angelo Mirena, Jr. After serving in World War II he moved to New York City, where he joined his brothers Chris and Joe, who had changed their surname to Dundee and worked in boxing. He soon adopted the Dundee name too, and became (1946) an apprentice trainer at Stillman's Gym. In the early 1950s he and Chris opened the Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach, Fla., and in 1960 he began training Cassius Clay, guiding the young heavyweight to the championship over Sonny ListonListon, Sonny
(Charles Liston), 1932–71, American boxer, b. Little Rock, Ark. While serving a sentence for robbery at the Missouri State Penitentiary, Liston became interested in boxing. In 1953 he began his professional fighting career.
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 in 1964. He remained with Clay, who soon became a Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, throughout most of his career. A skilled cornerman who excelled at handling pro boxers, Dundee also trained other successful fighters, most notably Sugar Ray Leonard when he won the welterweight title in 1979, 1980, and 1981 and George ForemanForeman, George,
1948–, American boxer, b. Marshall, Tex. A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. In 1968 he was the Olympic heavyweight gold medalist.
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 when he won the heavyweight title in 1994.

Bibliography

See his memoir My View from the Corner (with B. R. Sugar, 2008).

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