When a young boxer named Cassius Clay walked into the ring on Miami Beach; few gave him much of a chance against the heavyweight champion of the world. By the time he left the ring, Cassius Clay was well on his way to becoming arguably the greatest boxer in history.
Angelo Dundee will best be remembered as the man behind the success of Muhammad Ali. But Dundee’s impact was felt far and wide in the boxing community and in South Florida.
Angelo Dundee, the brilliant motivator 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. He was 90.
At the famed 5th Street Gym on Miami Beach Tuesday Anthony Gales slugged away at a punching bag, a fight poster of “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier and Muhammad Ali hanging on a wall nearby.