By the late 1960s, Howard Cosell had, in effect, typecast himself out of the lower classes of the sports-casting realm. He had become too big for not-quite- important events and was relied on by ABC to score the momentous interview.
Angelo Dundee, the boxing trainer who ran Muhammad Ali’s corner from his professional debut as Cassius Clay through the epic bouts that made him a three-time heavyweight champion, has died. He was 90.
Jimmy Ellis, who beat Jerry Quarry to become World Boxing Association heavyweight champion in 1968 and fought the era’s best fighters including his friend, Muhammad Ali, has died. He was 74.
Joe Frazier, who used a pounding left hook to fight his way to boxing’s heavyweight title, then battled Muhammad Ali in three epic matches and in the court of public opinion, has died. He was 67.
"the laziest man in the world"
- Muhammad Ali on Sep 12, 2013