Ali among hundreds attending Dundee funeral

FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee was remembered Friday as a master motivator and a man who left a legacy of kindness during a funeral service attended by Muhammad Ali.

Dundee helped mold Ali into a world champion, and Ali was among several hundred people at the 80-minute service. Dundee died last week at 90.

The former heavyweight champion' entered the Countryside Christian Center through an entrance not visible to the public. He was seated in the front row in front of the casket and a stage lined with flowers, pictures, painting and a pair of red boxing gloves sitting on a stool.

Promoter Bob Arum was among the speakers, calling Dundee "one of the nicest people I ever met." Ali's wife, Lonnie, spoke on behalf of her husband, who is battling Parkinson's disease.