Angelo Dundee was born Angelo Mirena August 30, 1921 in Philadelphia
and died February 1, 2012 (aged 90) in Tampa, Florida.
Born in Philadelphia to Italian parents, Dundee served in WWII as an airplane mechanic. Dundee went to New York then Miami where he learned many of the strategies of a boxer's cornerman while acting as a "bucket man" to the great trainers of Stillman's Gym. There, his mentors included Charlie Goldman, Ray Arcel and Chickie Ferrera. Later, his brother Chris Dundee opened the 5th St. Gym here in Miami.
Known for training Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, (1960–1981) he also worked with 15 other world boxing champions, including Carmen Basilio. Willie Pastrano, Luis Rodriguez, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard and many more. Famous for helping Ali with his first fight with Sonny Liston, Ali was ready to quit because he was blinded by Team Liston, Angelo stayed cool to guide his champion through the difficult round. he is also famous for telling Sugar Ray Leanord "You're blowing it kid" giving him the impetus to come back and stop Tommy Hearns a few rounds later.
He helped former Ali foe George Foreman as he trained him and was in the corner for "Big" George to win the Heavyweight Championship at age 45, a record that still stands to this day. He retired in Tampa and his later years where spend time with his wife Helen, and his kids, grandkids, watching Boxing, and visiting his gym here in Miami Beach regularly to be around the fighters. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1992. he died peacefully in his home February 2012. Muhammad Ali, as well as many champions attended his funeral.
His partners Dino Spencer and Tom Tsatas also attended.
Coach Dino Spencer has had over 40 years experience in teaching and has trained under Angelo Dundee and Freddy Roach. He has trained over 10,000 people and many world champions in Boxing, MMA, UFC and Martial Arts. He is a pro and amateur boxing coach, Krav Maga Instructor and he has a Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu and is a Master in his Art. Coach or Sifu Dino Spencer has studied the martial arts for 40 years and was a successful instructor in the Chicago land area for 25 years.He has earned a 5th degree Black Sash in Chinese Shaolin kung fu and is one of the rare certified instructors of Krav Maga- an Israeli military realistic self defense system. He served as head instructor until moving to Miami to help rebuild the 5th St. Gym. Dino trained under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has also served as head coach, conditioning coach or co-trainer for an extensive list of professional fighters: WBA Heavyweight Champion David, Haye, WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF Middleweight & WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, NABA, NABF, USBA, WBC, WBO and current WBA Champion Fres Oquendo, #4 IBF Middleweight Donovan George, UFC Heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski, UFC fighter Shonie Carter, Pride and current UFC fighter Mike Russow, UFC fighter Terry Martin, FCFS Heavyweight champion Antwan “Herc” Hayes, King of the Cage and CFA 145lb World champion Lazar Stojadinovich to name a few. Adding to Dino’s experience are high profile clients such as Adriana Lima, Dave Chapelle, Michael Jordan, Cypress Hill, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, David Schwimmer, Christopher Walken, Robert DeNiro, Mark Walberg, Mario Lopez, Jeremy Piven, and Michael Phelps. He also trained the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriffs Department in self defense training methods while living in the Windy City. He was also voted Best Trainer In Chicago. Coach Dino Spencer is available for personal training on a and is the head coach and co-owner at the 5th St, Gym. He recently trained members in the Gerard Butler movie Den of Thieves.
Guy was a Ney York city detecteve for over 25 years. He has been with 5th St. Gym since its re-oipening in 2010. he has taught boxing for over 30 years and has trained many amateurs and professionals and worked many corners in the ring. He is available for training anytime in the mornings.
Nina Spencer (Mrs. Spencer, Ma. Coach Nina or Sifu Nina) is a black belt in Shaolun Kung-Fu. She received her Black-Belt in her 60s. She has been in the Martial Arts business for over 25 years and is an expert instructor as well as very knowledgeable in the sport of Boxing.