Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
“Legend” is a word often used too loosely. But, last night, in a bittersweet moment, a true legend surprised the millions watching the debut of Marlins Park.
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.
Muhammad Ali’s wife says the boxing great is still a “big kid” who enjoys his birthday parties.
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.