Angelo Dundee dies at 90
The legendary trainer of Muhammad Ali
and Sugar Ray Leonard, Angelo Dundee died from a heart attack in February in
Clearwater, USA. He was 90.
Dundee worked with 16 world champion
over a period of sixty years amongst
who were Carmen Basilio, Willie Pastrano and Luis Rodriguez.
He was born Angelo Mirena in Philadelphia
and he and his brother Chris adopted
the name Dundee after their older brother Johnny used it when he was boxing.
Angelo was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
Mike Bernardo dies at 42
Former WBF heavyweight champion Mike
Bernardo has died in Cape Town. He was
44. Bernardo was also a popular kickboxing and mixed martial arts fighter.
He won the vacant WBF belt when he
stopped Dan Jerling from Czechslovakia in
the sixth round in May 2000.
He retained the title with a 41-second
knockout of American Peter McNeely
in Cape Town on June 8, 2001, but was stripped of his belt in May 2002 because
Bernardo was born in Fish Hoek
near Cape Town July 28, 1967. In his
professional debut on February 28, 1993, he knocked out Delius Musemwa in the
In his next fight he was stopped in the
first round by Anton Nel, who later won the
SA heavyweight title.
Bernardo won his next seven fights but
was inactive from 1997 to 1999 before he
knocked out Scott Connar in the second round in Chicago in January 2000.
On May 12 that year, he beat Jerling in
Szekszard, Hungary, to claim the vacant
WBF heavyweight title.
His fight against McNeely was his last
and he finished with a record of 11-1, with
one no-contest and nine knockouts.
He was better known as a kickboxer and
was named Beru-chan in Japan, where he
took part in K-1 from 1994 and competed in five World Grand Prix finals.
He was scheduled to meet Nigerian and
Japanese TV personality Bobby Ologun on
December 31, 2004 but withdrew because of an injury and never competed again.
JOE BYGRAVES DEAD AT 80
Former British Empire heavyweight
champion Joe Bygraves has died in
Jamaica at the age of 80.
Born in Kingston on May 26, 1931, he was
one of 12 children. He left Jamaica when
he was 15 years old to settle in England and became a British citizen in 1967.
As an amateur, Bygraves won English
Northern Counties titles in the lightheavyweight
and heavyweight divisions.
He made his professional debut on
February 12, 1953 when he knocked out
Don Maxwell in the first round.
One of his best victories was against
former British heavyweight champion Jack
Gardner whom he stopped in two rounds in 1956.
In the same year he won the vacant
British Empire heavyweight title when he
outpointed Kitione Lave from Tonga.
Bygraves also knocked out Henry Cooper
in the ninth round but lost to outstanding
fighters such as Willie Pastrano, Zora Foley, Ingemar Johansson, Floyd Patterson and George Chuvalo.
He only had one fight in his home
country, beating Wayne Bethea on points
in September 1962.
He finished with a record of 42 wins, with
22 inside the distance, 28 losses and a
Boxing loses two stalwarts
Don Fullmer, who once fought Pierre
Fourie in Johannesburg, has died at the
age of 72.
And Goody Petronelli, who trained
Marvin Hagler, also passed away recently.
Fullmer, a tough American, also took on champions such as Terry Downes, Dick Tiger, José Torres, Emile Griffith and Bobo Olson.
He campaigned as a middleweight in the
1950s and 1960s and fought nine world
champions during a career of 79 professional fights of which he won 54, lost 20
and drew five.
His older brother Gene was world middleweight
champion in the 1960s.
After remaining undefeated in 65 amateur
fights, Don turned pro at the age of
17. He fought opponents of the calibre of Phil Moyer, Virgil Akins, Downes, Tiger,
Torres, Griffith and Carl “Bobo” Olson. He once beat Jimmy Ellis, who went on
to win the WBA heavyweight title.
But he lost to Nino Benvenuti in Rome
in 1966. Benvenuti later won the world
middleweight title and gave Fullmer a rematch. The Italian was knocked down but
won on points over 15 rounds.
In 1967, Fullmer beat John Hopkins in
a fight that was billed as a bout for the
world junior light-heavyweight title, but few people recognised this title.
Fullmer lost points over ten rounds when
he met Fourie at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium
in Johannesburg on February 19,
1972. The light-heavyweight match was
marred by fouls.
After retiring from the ring, Fullmer
worked for the Salt Lake City fire department
and helped his brothers run boxing gyms.
He died of lymphocytic leukaemia in
Utah and is survived by his wife and five
HAGLER ’S TRAINER DIES AT 88
Goody Petronelli, who once trained Marvin
Hagler, died in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
He was 88.
Born Guerino Petronelli in Brockton on
October 12, 1923 Petronelli also trained
Robbie Sims, Kevin McBride and Steve Collins, who won WBO middleweight and
Petronelli had 27 professional fights before
a hand injury forced him to retire. He
also had about 40 fights as an amateur. He and his brother trained Hagler
throughout his distinguished career. When the champion retired in 1987, Goody continued training other boxers at Petronelli’s Boxing Club in Brockton.
He was named Manager of the Year by
the International Boxing Hall of Fame in