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Boxing mourns the death of Angelo Dundee

MASTER AND APPRENTICE: Dundee and Ali

TRIBUTES FROM around the world have poured in for Muhammad Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee who passed away yesterday (February 1) aged 90.

Best remembered for training Ali during the heavyweight’s 21-year career as well as coaching five-weight world champion ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Dundee passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida.

Dundee was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.

"Angelo died surrounded by family and friends," said a statement from his family.

"He was very happy that he got to celebrate Ali's 70th birthday earlier this year and also that he got to go to the Hall of Fame. He still had much to do, but led a full and extraordinary life."

Former light-heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver spoke of his sadness.

"It's a sad day in boxing with the passing of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee,” said the American.

“Blessings and condolences to his family and friends.

"He was a good man that touched everyone that had the pleasure to meet him. He was boxing, he lived it with every breath he took."

Britain’s former two-weight world champion David Haye said via social networking site Twitter:

"RIP Angelo Dundee, the greatest coach ever.

"I had the pleasure of spending time with him in Miami last year. What a true gentleman."

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