Angelo Dundee and the 15 Greatest Trainers in Boxing History

Sean LeahyCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2012

Angelo Dundee and the 15 Greatest Trainers in Boxing History

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    The passing of Muhammad Ali's iconic trainer Angelo Dundee at the age of 90 sent waves of sadness throughout the boxing community and sports world at large.

    Many considered Dundee's work to be unmatched as a cornerman, as he also retained his status as trainer for Sugar Ray Leonard, throughout his illustrious career.

    With his passing from this boxing sphere to the big ring in the sky, his immortality instantly became imminent, but also raised the cyclical question: just where does Dundee rank among other legendary cornermen?

    The following list attempts to compile, in no specific order, those who rightly occupy a place in the best of conversation, where boxing trainers are concerned.

Gil Clancy

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    Gil Clancy was a commentator following his time as a trainer, but during his career in the corner, he worked with legends like George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya, Gerry Cooney and Jerry Quarry. 

    He was most closely associated with Emile Griffith, who beat Cuban boxer Benny "The Kid" Paret to death in the ring in 1962, after it was revealed that Paret had used a sexually suggestive slur in the pre-fight press conference. 

Lou Duva

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    Duva, the Hall of Famer, worked with upwards of nineteen world champions, from Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor to Evander Holyfield.

Bouie Fisher

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    Makes the list for his guidance of Bernard Hopkins from ex-con to a world middleweight champion.

Buddy McGirt

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    McGirt makes the list for his work in helping fighter Antonio Tarver win the light heavyweight title from Roy Jones Jr. via a knockout. He also worked with Arturo Gatti.

Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain

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    Currently Juan Manuel Marquez's trainer, who he trained to a world championship. He is also training Rafael Marquez to a title. He was in the corner with Oscar De La Hoya during his 2008 fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Jack Blackburn

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    Jack Blackburn was a lightweight who fought in upwards of 140 fights during his career. As a trainer he made his mark as the trainer for the legend of all legends, "The Brown Bomber," Joe Louis.

Charlie Goldman

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    Charlie Goldman achieved notoriety as a cornerman for "The Rock from Brockton," Rocco Francis Marchegiano, known to boxing fans as the undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano. 

Ray Arcel

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    Arcel's training career spanned from the 1920s through the 1980s. He's worked with eighteen champions along the way, from Benny Leonard and Ezzard Charles to Roberto Duran and Larry Holmes. 

Cus D'Amato

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    What everyone knows about Constantine "Cus" D'Amato was his discovery and tutelage of Mike Tyson, which was a revelation not only to the world of boxing, but the entire world.

    However, many fail to recognize that far before Tyson. Before Tyson, he worked the corner for Floyd Patterson, not only in the 1952 Olympics when Patterson took home the middleweight gold, but also through his heavyweight title fight victory over Archie Moore in an eliminator bout.

Teddy Atlas

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    Atlas another on the list who made the transition to commentating, for which he is more widely known these days, nevertheless was apprenticing under D’Amato, and worked with Tyson in the earliest stages of his burgeoning career.

    He also performed his most significant training feat by guiding veritable unknown at the time, Michael Moorer, to the heavyweight title, when the latter defeated Evander Holyfield in 1994. Other fighters whom Atlas was associated with during his career include; featherweight Barry McGuigan, light heavyweight Donny Lalonde and Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin.

Roger Mayweather

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    Mayweather is definitely one of the most outspoken trainers on the list, which considering the gene pool he treads in is not surprising. He also qualifies as the most successful former boxer of all the trainers, as he won world titles in two different weight classes, as well as amassing a 59-13 career record.

    He is another who resides on this list for helping to guide the career of his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the greats of modern boxing history and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters ever. This is no small accomplishment, considering the internal turmoil that surrounds not only Floyd Jr., but the entire family, and especially the on again off again disturbances of Floyd Sr.   

Freddie Roach

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    Roach had a minimally successful career as a professional pugilist, finishing with a 40-13 record, before developing the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

    As a trainer, he is renowned for his work with 8 division world champ, Manny Pacquiao. He is also known for a current stable, which includes the talented likes of Amir Khan, a former WBA and IBF Light-welterweight title holder, and WBC Middleweight champ, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. Roach has been selected Trainer of the Year, by the Boxing Writers Association of America, multiple times, with the most recent being in 2010.

Emanuel Steward

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    Steward who is another trainer turned commentator who splits time between the two, quite possibly owns the most impressive list of trained boxers on this list, including; Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko (who he currently trains). He has also worked with Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto.

    Steward also trained the man to hand Lennox Lewis his first professional defeat in the ring, Oliver McCall.

Angelo Dundee

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    He apprenticed under Charlie Goldman, and was the lifelong trainer for both Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. The second part of the sentence easily justifies his entrance through the doors of boxing immortality.

    He also worked with George Foreman in 1994, when Foreman defeated then undefeated heavyweight champ Michael Moorer.

Eddie Futch

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    He trained four of the five fighters to defeat Muhammad Ali; Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. He also worked with Riddick Bowe when he defeated Evander Holyfield, and Montell Griffin when he defeated Roy Jones Jr., both losses represented the first for Holyfield and Jones Jr.

    Futch is widely recognized as the greatest boxing trainer of all-time, and he also apprenticed Freddie Roach in the process.


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