Angelo Dundee, the man who trained and guided boxing legends like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, died Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90.
Dundee's son, Jimmy, announced the death to the media. Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter.
Boxer Mike Tyson called Dundee's death the end of an era.
Another great passed yesterday. Angelo Dundee. Your memory lives on. I can only dream to live to 90 years old. #endofanera, Tyson tweeted.
Britain's former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye tweeted, R.I.P. Angelo Dundee. The Greatest Coach ever. I had the pleasure of spending time with him in Miami last year. What a true gentleman.
Here is what others had to say:
- RIP. Angelo Dundee Dead: Boxing Trainer Who Worked With Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard Dies At 90, tweeted wrestler Bill Goldberg.
- RIP Angelo Dundee, what a great man and fabulous coach and mentor to so many high achieving boxers, one tweet read.
- R.I.P......2 great ones - Don Cornelius & Angelo Dundee.....icons in their respective fields !!!!! noted another.
- R.I.P. Angelo Dundee da best trainer to ever come thru boxing, another tweet stated.
- RIP angelo dundee, a generation of champions have you to thank #greatman, a user wrote.
- Rest In Peace Mr. Angelo Dundee, the old ways of boxing are leaving with you, another user tweeted.
Dundee was in professional boxing for more than 60 years. Here are some of the highlights of his life:
- 1921: Dundee was born Angelo Mirena in Philadelphia
- 1960: Dundee begins training Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay
- 1975: Dundee was in Ali's corner for the defeat of Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila
- 1979: Dundee was there when Sugar Ray Leonard won the WBC welterweight title by defeating Wilfred Benitez
- 1992: Dundee was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame
- 1994: Dundee worked in George Foreman's corner, when Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to regain the world title
- 2012: Dundee attended Ali's 70th birthday celebrations
- Feb. 1: Dundee died in Florida, at age 90