Without Angelo Dundee, would Muhammed Ali still have been The Greatest...probably. But no one can deny the influence the legendary corner man had on the boxing great. What do I know about boxing you ask? Nowadays, not so much, but back when heavyweights ruled the sport, I knew boxers, trainers, promoters and announcers. It was a family thing.
My dad and brother were sports junkies, I was never a playing with dolls kind of girl (well there's a surprise) so I followed right along with the boys. Hanging with the guys, I thought was always a better option...still do.
"In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter and by his trade
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down
or cut him til he cried out in his anger and his shame,
I am leaving, I am leaving...but the fighter still remains."
Angelo Dundee died on Wednesday at the age of 90. A lot of living in those years.
With all that's in the news this week, the obvious choice for the taste of the day would be "Eye of the Tiger." I may be called a lot of things, but I haven't heard obvious, yet. The day is still young.
Equally wonderful, I give you "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel, video from Central Park 1981.
Easy journey, Ang.