Muhammad Ali trainer Angelo Dundee dies

A young Muhammad Ali is seen with his trainer Angelo Dundee in 1962 Dundee helped coach a young Muhammad Ali

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Renowned boxing trainer Angelo Dundee has died at the age of 90.

Dundee, who helped train Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, passed away in Tampa, Florida, his son Jimmy told the Associated Press.

"It was the way he wanted to go," he said. "He did everything he wanted to do."

Introduced to the world of boxing after World War II by his brother, a promoter in New York, Dundee began working with Ali - then Cassius Clay - in 1960.

Dundee had attended Ali's 70th birthday party in Kentucky last month.

The pair's working relationship had been famously close, unaffected by the controversy caused by Ali's conversion to Islam and his refusal to serve in Vietnam.


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    Comment number 14.

    Great to know he went the full 15 rounds. A lovely, positive man and the best in his professional. I was only listening to him on Five Live a few weeks ago reminiscing enthusiastically on Muhammad Ali. If we all had a cornerman like Angelo Dundee in our lives, we'd never get knocked down!

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    Comment number 12.

    The word "legend" is very easily bandied about these days, but here was a man who genuinly earned the title. What a life he led, and what a man he was....

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    Comment number 2.

    Mr Dundee was an example of a rare breed. A man who made a living out of boxers but who genuinely cared about his charges.

    In a ruthless sport he remained loyal to M Ali when the combined press juggernaut were intent on vilifying the boxer for his draught refusal.

    He was, and still is, an example to others and will be sorely missed.


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