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The CORNER MAN
Gary Smith
November 02, 1987
Angelo Dundee may be fresh out of top fighters, but he's still sticking and moving and keeping himself at the top of a very tough business.
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November 02, 1987

The Corner Man

Angelo Dundee may be fresh out of top fighters, but he's still sticking and moving and keeping himself at the top of a very tough business.

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THE ANCIENT TRAINER: A dying craft. Money, it's changed everything.

THE BOXING WRITER: These kids come right out of the Olympics, hook up with the big-money people who set them up financially before they ever even win a pro fight, arrange a deal with the networks. It's all set up now. These fighters don't take it slow and learn against a different style of fighter each fight. Lot of them are beating up stiffs, protecting undefeated records and staying on TV, then getting a quick shot at the easiest of the three titles available and making a million. The people controlling the sport aren't boxing people anymore. Shelly Finkel, a rock promoter. Josephine Abercrombie, a socialite. Bob Arum, a lawyer. Don King, a numbers runner. It's all money.

THE WIFE: Angelo wants your love more than your money.

THE BOXING WRITER: Angelo is Flipper in an ocean of sharks.

THE WIFE: Angelo is a little pea in a big bowl of soup.

THE EDITOR: Angelo Dundee transcends boxing. Go and get me a story on Angelo Dundee.

THE TV COMMENTATOR: Boxing died in Miami. Chris and Angelo stopped working as a team. Angelo was left without a hunter—but he's finally his own man, and he doesn't want to give it up.

THE FRIEND: Reputation. That's the only way Angelo can compete with the money men. His reputation means more to him than anything in the world.

THE CORNER MAN: I'm an independent entity.

THE TV COMMENTATOR: Why is it a weakness to need somone else?

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