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, Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, 3-Tome world heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo, UFC Heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski, and over 20 Top 10 ranked fighters. Adding to Dino’s experience are high profile clients such as Adriana Lima, Dave Chapelle, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, David Schwimmer, Christopher Walken, RobMark 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. CLICK ON PIX FOR VIDEO
Tom Tsatas was born in Chicago. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.S in Business. He played competitive hockey since the age of 7. He was an amateur boxer, and took up Martial Arts in his late teens. He studied in Karate, self-defense and fought competitively from 1990-1994. He has a combined total of over 100 competitive fights and was National Champion in 1994 and as well as winning several local and National tournaments. He has been trained by his partner, coach and best friend Dino Spencer. since 1988, with whom he also competed nationally. Tom opened Clarke's Restaurant in 1994 which served over 10,000,000 customers during the 25 years he owned it. He also has been trained in mountain, glacier, mountaineering and desert survival training and competed in several adventure races like Eco-Challenge and the ESPN X-Games, the half-ironman 70.2 , half marathons and full marathons. Tom also started and co-founded the Pathfinder Challenge, the first adventure race in the US, which took place from 1997-2003. In 2003 he reunited once again with his trainer and best friend Dino, to compete in the cruiserweight division at age 43. Coach Dino and Tom also have trained and managed several professional fighters in the top 10. In 2010, along with Coach Dino, they re-opened the 5th St. Gym with their mentor Angelo Dundee. During that time Tom & Dino would also remain close with Muhammad Ali up until his passing in 2016. Tom currently trains and manages the WBC International Cruiserweight Champion Noel Mikaelian and is available private training at the 5th St. Gym while also teaching classes Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings as well as Thursday night at 6pm
Guy was a Ney York city detective for over 25 years. He has been with 5th St. Gym since its re-opening in 2010.
Guy Laieta is an American boxing trainer that co-trains boxers with Luis Perez and Dino Spencer at The World Famous 5th Street. Gym in Miami Beach. Laieta, a former N.Y.P.D. detective coached the police boxing team in 1992 when they defeated the Brits in London. He was a N.Y. southpaw prodigy preparing to box professionally, when a non correctable spinal disorder prematurely ended his career. Laieta is former the head coach of the University of Miami boxing team
"Mean" Joe Greene
Tracy Rollins Jr.
Mercedes has been training at 5th St. Gym since 2010. She has participated as well as won in several fitness competitions and is also a trainer here at 5th ST. Gym currently. She is trained in mitt work, weight training, cardio training and circuit training. She trained under her husband and 5th St. Gym owner Dino Spencer. She is available for personal training. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-763-8110 to book a one-on-one appointment.
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.
Professor Wanderson Dos Santos
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wanderson Dos Santos started training Martial Arts (Capoeira) at the age of 9, fully dedicating himself to the art in his teens and early adult years.
Upon moving to the U.S. in 2006 Wanderson started studying Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in Miami, receiving the black belt from World Champion Professor Daniel Valverde and 6th degree Master Ronaldo Delibero.
As a competitor he has fought MMA and has several accomplishments, including: 3x Florida State Champion, 6x NAGA World Champion, 4x Submission Champion at Grapplers Quest, 2x IBJJF Miami Open medalist, 2x Abu Dhabi World Championship medalist, 2x De La Riva Cup Medalist, 2x new breed medalist, Sao Paulo Open Medalist, Copa America Medalist, Nitrous Submission Medalist, and is a Substars and F2Win veteran.
Wanderson holds a degree in Computer Science, a technical degree in Nutrition, a certification of service appreciation by the City of Miami Police Department and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor.
Today he is committed to sharing with others the benefits of Martial Arts, giving special attention to teaching self-defense, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Chris has been a personal trainer for over 20 years.
He is an expert in strength training, conditioning and weight loss.
He is ISSA, FMS, CPR/AED certified
National group training coordinator for Xsport fitness
Development of new trainers for Xsport fitness
Head of Power lifting programming, strength and conditioning program
Noel Mikaelian current WBC International Champion (Boxing)
Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team
(2010, 2013, 2015 Stanley Cup champions)
The Czechoslovakia National Hockey team
The Chicago Bulls conditioning team
Stephanie Izard (Top Chef 4th season winner)