Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Fly in for Dundee; BOXING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tributes Fly in for Dundee; BOXING

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THE boxing world was today mourning the loss of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who has died aged 90.

Dundee, who oversaw the career of Muhammad Ali, died of a heart attack in Tampa, Florida having suffered a blood clot in recent weeks.

Freddie Roach, currently boxing's outstanding coach who includes Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in his stable, led the tributes to one of the sport's most highlyrespected figures.

"Angelo was a great guy, one of the best guys in boxing," Roach said.

"I always say I want to be like him because he doesn't talk badly about anybody, but I'm not quite there yet. He was a great guy and a real gentleman.

"He's a great loss to boxing and we're going to miss him tremendously."

Dundee was an astute cornerman known for his ability to inspire fighters at the critical moment.

Timely intervention with the right words drove Sugar Ray Leonard on to victory in his first fight against Thomas Hearns in 1981.

But it was during his long-lasting partnership with Ali that Dundee really made his name. …

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