Angelo Dundee, Legendary Trainer to Muhammad Ali, Dies at 90

Angelo Dundee, Legendary Trainer to Muhammad Ali, Dies at 90

Angelo Dundee, Legendary Trainer to Muhammad Ali, Dies at 90

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Feb. 2 2012 5:10 PM

Angelo Dundee, Legendary Trainer to Muhammad Ali, Dies at 90

Muhammad Ali’s legendary trainer Angelo Dundee has died, and the sport of boxing has lost a man who defined what it means to have a guy in your corner.

Dundee, who was 90, passed away in his Tampa, Fla. apartment after a brief illness according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He left behind one of the most storied training careers in boxing, having motivated Sugar Ray Leonard to win his biggest match and accompanying heavyweight champ Ali through most of his legendary career.

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In a bloody and violent sport, Dundee was known for his kindness; a great ambassador for boxing who often said, “It doesn’t cost anything more to be nice.”

That may not have always been true for the 1992 boxing hall of fame inductee, who famously motivated Leonard during a fight with Tommy Hearns by yelling, “You’re blowing it son! You’re blowing it!” Leonard came back and won the fight with a knockout. Rest in peace, Angelo. Boxing misses you already.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.