Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard had four major things in common – they won an Olympic Gold Medal, they were superlative boxers, they had a charismatic personality, and they were both trained, managed and mentored by the legendary Angelo Dundee.
How Dundee, an Italian-American from South Philadelphia, who fainted at the sight of his own blood, become the most famous cut-man, trainer and manager in the history of boxing is a remarkable story in itself, full of twists and controversy. How did he keep his special relationship with Muhammad Ali alive when the fighter switched from Christian to Muslim? And what was his part in Sugar Ray’s decision to risk his eye sight in order to continue fighting?
Axis of Greatness throws the spotlight on three exceptional men who, through talent and dedication, led lives beyond the realm of the ordinary. They are the chosen few who possessed the indefinable qualities that inspire the rest of us – the stuff of heroes.
The author has drawn on his personal relationships with the protagonists to create an extraordinary, fascinating book for boxing fans and lovers of heroes alike.
One half of the ‘70s comedy duo, Mike and Bernie Winters, Mike, now a writer and based in the US, has become an authority on the life of Angelo Dundee, co-writing his autobiography.