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Boxing Tribute: Three Legends Lost
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R.I.P. Angelo Dundee
Angelo Dundee was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1921 and passed away in Tampa, Florida in 2012 at the age of 90. Dundee worked the corner of Sixteen World Champions including: Carmen Basilio, Willie Pastrano and Jose Napoles. Dundee was an inspiration in the corner for his fighters and a motivator to boot. Dundee learned his trade well and knew how to train, manage and cheerlead his boxers during bouts when necessary. He loved his fighters and would do whatever it takes to benefit them.
His fame and reputation came from being the life long trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. His corner work was legendary and every boxing fan remembers Dundee telling Leonard "Your Blowing it Son, Your Blowing it". Leonard came out of the corner yelling and motivated and then he knocked out Tommy Hearns. No matter how you slice it Dundee was the ultimate motivator in the corner and he helped hype up his boxers. Angelo was also a friend to everyone he met because he was always smiling and happy especially when the topic was boxing.
Dundee was Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994 and he will be sorely missed. In Miami, his famed 5th Street Gym is where he helped mold the gifted Muhammad Ali into even further heights. He trained Carmen Basilio to an impressive victory over the great Sugar Ray Robinson and he learned his trade as a trainer from some of the best in boxing history including: Ray Arcel and Charlie Goldman. Dundee knew what to say and when to say it. In the gym he worked your body hard but in the corner he worked your mind harder. R.I.P. Angie. A true gentleman and boxing was lucky to have him. This man was not just a trainer he was old school. Dundee helped anyone when he could and did lots of interviews and even some books as well. Dundee was a good guy in a sport full of bad guys. His boxing I.Q. was as high as it gets and he has seen and done it all in the gym and in the corner.
Angelo Dundee will be sorely by the boxing community and by all those who knew him.
R.I.P. Bert Randolph Sugar
Bert Sugar was born in Washington, D.C. in 1937 and passed away in New York in 2012 at the age of 74. Sugar is a true boxing historian, writer and friend of the sport and of anyone who met him. He had great insight in his articles for Boxing Illustrated and The Ring magazines as well as countless interviews and fight film tapes and DVD's. Sugar was editor of The Ring for a time and he has also helped commentate on occasion during boxing broadcasts. Sugar was all smiles and he always had a prizefighting story to share.
He owned Boxing Illustrated in the early 70's and he was the editor of The Ring Magazine for several years as well. Sugar attended all the major fights and his interviews were always informative especially his predictions which were routinely on the money. Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 and he also played in several films starring as himself. R.I.P. Bert. The boxing world can learn a lot from this kind man.
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R.I.P. Emanuel Steward
Emanuel Steward was born in West Virginia in 1944 and passed away in Chicago, Illinois in 2012 at the age of 68.
Steward is very decorated as a trainer where he trained Forty One World Champions in the sport of boxing and he was also an amazing expert commentator for HBO Sports for over ten years. He trained great Champions including: Lennox Lewis, Thomas Hearns, Prince Naseem and Wladimir Klitschko not to mention Julio Cesar Chavez, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya. Steward was highly sought after by the best but he always took the time to help out the up and comers and those who were past their prime.
Emanuel was more than a trainer and commentator he was a true gentleman and a dear friend to all who encountered him. Emanuel knew boxing like most people knew the back of their hand. He is a former golden gloves champion and he has turned average fighters into excellent prizefighters. Steward and his famous Detroit Kronk Gym was known for making power punchers out of its boxers.
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