Angelo Dundee, the trainer behind boxing legend Muhammad Ali, died on Wednesday evening, taking with him a large part of boxing history.
Dundee passed away at the age of 90 at his apartment in Tampa, Fl. He was surrounded by his family, said his son, Jimmy. He passed, however, after being able to celebrate his dear friend, Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday in Louisville, Ky.
"It was the way he wanted to go," Jimmy Dundee said, adding “he did everything he wanted to do."
Dundee said his father was hospitalized for a blood clot last week and was briefly in a rehabilitation facility before returning to his apartment.
Dundee was the motivator who worked the corner for Ali in his greatest fights, willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, and coached hundreds of young men in the art of a left jab and an overhand right.
To many, Dundee was more than just boxing.
"To me, he was the greatest ambassador for boxing, the greatest goodwill ambassador in a sport where there's so much animosity and enemies," said Bruce Trampler, the longtime matchmaker who first went to work for Dundee in 1971. "The guy didn't have an enemy in the world."