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Angelo Dundee 1921-2012 [VIDEO]

Angelo Dundee, the man who developed and trained legends Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, died Wednesday night (February 1) at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 90 years old.

Angelo Dundee, the man who developed and trained legends Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, died Wednesday night (February 1) at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 90 years old.

Dundee had been hospitalized with a blood clot before returning home to be surrounded by family. The cause of death was a heart attack.

Starting in boxing following  service in World War II, Dundee would go on to train 15 world champions. Along with the aforementioned Ali and Leonard, Dundee also trained Hall of Famers George Foreman and Carmen Basilio.

Ali is recognized as his star pupil, having worked the corner for all but two fights of the Greatest’s career. The pair last got together two weeks ago when Dundee helped celebrate Ali’s 70 birthday.

Dundee was known for his ability to motivate fighters against all odds. He pushed Ali to continue in his first championship bout against Sonny Liston when he was blinded by ointment in the middle of the fight. Ali would go on to force Liston to quit in one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. Dundee famously told Leonard “you’re blowing it, kid!” when he fell behind late against Tommy Hearns. Leonard would rally and TKO Hearns in the 14th round.

Angelo Dundee is survived by two children.

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