Former Ali trainer Angelo Dundee dies

Updated: February 2, 2012

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Angelo Dundee, the former trainer of Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, has died aged 90.

Dundee died in a Florida rehabilitation centre, where he was being treated for a blood clot found after he visited Ali for the boxer’s 70th birthday.

The trainer will be best remembered for his work with Ali, whom he worked with between 1960 and 1981.

Dundee was Ali’s trainer during his famous fights with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson and George Foreman among others. Ali and Dundee remained close throughout the fighter’s career, with the controversy surrounding Ali’s refusal to serve in Vietnam and conversion to Islam failing to affect their relationship.

He was known as a great motivator and will be remembered as one of the sport’s best ambassadors, with one of his best known sayings being, “it don’t cost nothing to be nice”.

Angelo Dundee worked with 15 world boxing champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman.

Talking to the Associated Press, Dundee’s son Jimmy said: “It was the way he wanted to go. He did everything he wanted to do.”

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