April 3, 1991 |
When Angelo Dundee sent Adilson Rodrigues into the ring against George Foreman on June 16, 1990, the trainer nearly felt the apocalyptic wrath of "The Punching Preacher. " "George was warming up in the ring before the fight," Dundee said. "And then he came over toward me, bending his head down. The sucker was trying to butt me. Can you imagine?" Actually, Foreman was merely mugging for the cameras, but what the former heavyweight champion did a few minutes later was no laughing matter.
February 2, 2012 |
Angelo Dundee, 90, the brilliant motivator from South Philadelphia who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. The genial Dundee, born Angelo Mirena on Aug. 30, 1921, was best known for being in Ali's corner for almost his entire career. But those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it. He died with his family surrounding him, said his son Jimmy Dundee, but not before attending Ali's 70th birthday bash in Louisville, Ky., last month.
February 2, 2012
Here's what they're saying about the passing Angelo Dundee: "He had a ball. He lived his life and had a great time. " - Jimmy Dundee, son "To me, he was the greatest ambassador for boxing, the greatest goodwill ambassador in a sport where there's so much animosity and enemies. The guy didn't have an enemy in the world. " - Bruce Trampler, longtime boxing matchmaker "Another great passed yesterday. Angelo Dundee. Your memory lives on. I can only dream to live to 90 years old. " - Mike Tyson, boxer, on Twitter "Angelo Dundee RIP - all time great boxing trainer and a tremendous person.
February 3, 2012
MY MOM was never a big sports fan, but there have been at least two times when she was impressed by what I did for a living. Once was when she picked up her phone and Roger Staubach - former Naval Academy quarterback, former Cowboys quarterback and above all, Roman Catholic quarterback - was on the other line asking for me. The other time was when Angelo Dundee called. I don't remember what he said, but I do remember he made her laugh before she handed the phone over to me. This was shortly after I landed a job with this newspaper in 1992, and Ange - that's what his friends sometimes called him - wanted to congratulate me and guide me to about two dozen fine establishments in Philadelphia, some of which no longer existed.
November 30, 2012 |
GLOVES FROM two of Muhammad Ali's biggest fights are among items being auctioned off by the estate of his former trainer, Angelo Dundee . One set of gloves was worn by Ali when he won the title from Sonny Liston in a huge upset in 1964, while the other set is from his "Fight of the Century" loss at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to Joe Frazier . Dundee's son, Jim , said the gloves have been stored in a safe deposit box since...
February 8, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - It wasn't just the words - "You're blowing it, son!" - that Sugar Ray Leonard heard as he peered into the wise, aged eyes of trainer Angelo Dundee more than 30 years ago. Leonard also caught the sincerity of the message, and with that the motivation necessary to score a remarkable 14th-round knockout of Thomas Hearns that enhanced his standing as an icon of boxing. Leonard is beginning work on a film version of his recent autobiography. Dundee, who died last Wednesday at 90, is best remembered for being the longtime trainer of Muhammad Ali and Leonard.
July 28, 1993 |
Frank Gallotto, 83, of Danboro, Bucks County, a former Golden Gloves champion, died Monday at the Buckingham Valley Nursing Home, Pineville. Mr. Gallotto, who was born in Shenandoah, was a flyweight, boxing at 112 pounds. He depended on his skill and quickness to outpoint his opponents. Asked once if Mr. Gallotto was fast, boxing coach Angelo Dundee said, "Your dad was so fast, he was behind you before you knew he was in front of you," said his daughter, Susan Gale. Mr. Gallotto, whose brothers Gene and Vincent also boxed, won the flyweight championship of Pottstown in 1928 and was the Golden Gloves champion of the AAU's Middle Atlantic Association in 1931 and 1932.
July 15, 1989 |
Think of a basketball game with, say, Jim Valvano and Rollie Massimino as rival coaches, a football game with Lou Holtz and Joe Paterno prowling opposite sidelines. Now you have an idea of what the media coverage leading up to tonight's heavyweight Evander Holyfield-Adilson Rodrigues fight has been like. Holyfield (21-0, 17 knockouts), who is ranked No. 1 by the World Boxing Council, defends his WBC Continental Americas championship against Rodrigues (35-2, 26 KOs), a Brazilian who is ranked No. 2, in a scheduled 12-rounder at Caesars Tahoe.
October 18, 1990 |
Just call Michael Nunn the Rodney Dangerfield of the fight world. He is the current International Boxing Federation middleweight champion and he owns an unblemished 35-0 record with 23 knockouts. But he gets no respect. Well, not as much as he should, anyway. His critics claim he's a runner, not a fighter. He refused to mix it up with Iran Barkley last August and won a 12-round decision. He ran away from Marlon Starling last April, but managed a 12-round majority decision.
April 5, 1987 |
One of the biggest understatements in boxing is that Angelo Dundee is a detail man. Detail man? That is like calling Ronald Reagan a government employee. Dundee, as all his fighters know, is more than a detail man; he is a detail man extraordinaire, a man so committed to his profession that he sometimes looks more like a choreographer than a trainer. After almost 40 years in the fight game, the South Philadelphia native is still both student and teacher - eager, enthusiastic and, in his own gentle way, hard-driving.