Ten-Count for Angelo Dundee

By Robert Ecksel on February 1, 2012
Ten-Count for Angelo Dundee
Angie and his brother Chris opened their own gym, the Fifth Street Gym in Miami, in 1950


“Philadelphia is not a town. It’s a jungle. They don’t have gyms there. They have zoos. They don’t have sparring sessions. They have wars.”—Angelo Dundee

Angelo Dundee, one of the greatest trainers in boxing history, passed away today in Tampa, Florida, at the age of 90.

During his long and illustrious career he was in the corners of 15 world champions, including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carmen Basilio, Luis Rodriguez, José Nápoles, Willie Pastrano, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Michael Nunn, Wilfredo Gómez, Ralph Dupas, Pinklon Thomas, Trevor Berbick, and Sugar Ramos.

Born Angelo Mirena in Philadelphia on Aug. 30, 1921, Dundee learned the ropes at Stillman’s Gym, the fabled “University of Eighth Avenue” in New York City, where he started out as a bucket boy and picked up the tricks of the trade from such legendary trainers as Ray Arcel, Charlie Goldman, and Chickie Ferrera.

He and his older brother Chris opened their own gym, the Fifth Street Gym in Miami, in 1950. Dundee’s first world champion was Carmen Basilio, who defeated Tony DeMarco to win the welterweight title in 1955.

Although he never fought, Dundee was a master motivator, one of the ring’s great psychologists, able to pinpoint chinks in an opponent’s armor with the precision of an old master.

A great wit and raconteur who was as loved as he was respected, Dundee was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

The tributes will be coming fast and furious.

Angie will be as missed as he will be impossible to replace.

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  1. jofre 01:45pm, 02/03/2012

    The last of the old guard has passed away. He was a class guy, both as a trainer and a human being. RIP!

  2. TEX HASSLER 05:48pm, 02/02/2012

    Angelo Dundee was a tremendous asset and representative for our sport. He was the type of honest man that is needed in boxing and he will be greatly missed. I never met Angelo but met one of his fighters and one of his neighbors in Miami. In short Dundee was a respected and admired man.

  3. Joe Elliott Sr 10:42am, 02/02/2012

    One of the greats and boxing will miss him. I’m 61 y’s and he’s been a part of my life since I was 10 or 12 years old. We’ll miss you Mr. Angelo Dundee.

  4. mikecasey 07:59am, 02/02/2012

    A great shame indeed. But what a life Angie had!

  5. the thresher 07:00am, 02/02/2012

    First Pat, then Goody, and now Angelo.


    Very sad past few months.

  6. Pete The Sneak 05:55am, 02/02/2012

    Damn, tough losses thus far in the Boxing world. Angie Dundee was something else. I believe Ali and Ray Leonard in particular would have been great fighters in their own right without Dundee in their corner, But with Angie steering the ship for these guys, they became All Time Greats. Always remember him yelling at the referee and at Bundini Brown during the Larry Holmes fight when he was getting ready to stop the beating that Larry was putting on Ali and Bundini (incredulously) was telling Angie No, No, you can’t! Angie screams out and says “I’m the chief second and I’m stopping this fight.” RIP Angie. You were not just the chief second, but the Chief. Peace

  7. "Old Yank" Schneider 04:41am, 02/02/2012

    Peace to the Dundee family.

  8. Joe 04:12am, 02/02/2012

    RIP Angelo.  Of course I remember him for being in Ali’s corner in every fight (except maybe the Ellis fight) but the Sugar Ray Leonard “You’re Blowin’ it Son” is a classic.  He will be missed.

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