Angelo Dundee

Dundee with Ali.

Dundee cornering Sugar Ray.

A great coach died yesterday. At CrossFit we extol virtuosity of movement, and it seems a natural progression to denote the same to virtuosity of coaching. There are lots of great coaches who have had created champions, but only a few have transcended their sport, or coached athletes or teams that do so, such as the Murderers’ Row (anchored by Ruth and Gehrig) of Joe McCarthy’s (not that Joe McCarthy) Yankees, Phil Jackson’s Bulls, Dan Gable’s Iowa wrestlers, or John Wooden’s UCLA teams.

Angelo Dundee was a coach who enjoyed similar heights of success. His most famous athlete was Muhammad Ali, who he coached as a young Cassius Clay through all of Ali’s most famous fights with boxers such as Foreman, Norton, Frazier, and Spinks. After Ali retired, Dundee mentored superstar Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as working with over a dozen other world champions, including George Foreman during his reappearance and Oscar De La Hoya.

That is a pretty heavy duty line up, making Dundee the greatest coach in boxing history.


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