Sorry to see that Angelo Dundee, the 90-year-old legendary trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, passed. He knew what to say to a fighter, and when, and how.
Boxing is a ferocious sport and there are no teammates to provide support. Courage is required. And Dundee, who worked the corner and stood outside the ropes, had the ability to instill it.
I met him twice. The last time was at Fight Night for Kids in Charlotte. Humpy Wheeler knew Dundee and introduced me. Hundreds of people were packed around us at the edge of the bar, but Dundee gave me 15 minutes. He talked about his fighters and his sport and his career. He was humble and funny. I felt honored.
I figured he had other people to talk to, so I thanked him for his time.
"No, thank you," Dundee said as he handed me his card. "People in your business don't care about boxing anymore."
Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran will appear at Fight Night in Charlotte on Thursday.
I have a telephone interview with Leonard this afternoon.