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Muhammad Ali trainer Dundee dies at 90

posted 2 Feb 2012, 07:46 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 Feb 2012, 08:01 ]

Veteran trainer was inducted into international boxing hall of fame

REUTERS/WSTM-TV - Celebrated boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's cornerman in his greatest fights, died on Wednesday (February 2) at the age of 90.

"Angelo died surrounded by family and friends," his family said in a statement. "He was very happy that he got to celebrate Ali's (70th) birthday earlier this year and also that he got to go to the Hall of Fame.

"He still had much to do, but, led a full and extraordinary life."

Noted for his ability to motivate and challenge the best of boxers, Angelo passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida.

While working with Ali for the majority of the boxing great's career, Dundee trained 15 world champions in total, including Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman.

In 1975 he accompanied Muhammad Ali to Malaysia where he fought European champion Joe Bugner for the world heavyweight championship in Kuala Lumpur. Ali won convincingly.

Dundee's work spanned six decades and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, cementing his legacy as an invaluable asset to some of the most decorated boxers of all time.