CHRIS DUNDEE: MORE THAN ANGELO’S BROTHER
CHRIS KNEW WHOM TO BLAME FOR ALI-LISTON II
San Francisco, CA– When your younger brother is Hall of Fame member Angelo Dundee and you are both in boxing, it’s easy to see how some people might see Chris Dundee for less than the iconic boxing figure he was. The promoter of fights such as Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston I, I recall Chris telling me, “Don’t blame Sonny Liston for the fight in Maine, blame whomever appointed Joe Walcott the referee.” That was the first time I had ever looked at it from that perspective. They thought it would be an easy payday for “Jersey Joe,” who beat World heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles for the title in 1949. “They” were wrong!
“JERSEY JOE” (ARNOLD CREAM) WASN’T A MOB GUY!
His work as referee was atrocious at best, slapstick at worst seeing Joe actually walked away from both Ali & Liston as they were throwing punches at one another because Ring Magazine chief Nat Fleisher wanted him to note that Liston had been down for 22 seconds! The fight was stopped by Joe and conspiracy buffs had the Mob fixing matters. I must admit that there was plenty to be suspicious of. Liston was handled by the Mob, he even trained at the Mafia run Thunderbird Hotel. Simply put, Joe just got caught up in the moment of things and choked!
LAST SAW CHRIS BETTING LEONARD-DURAN III
Chris Dundee died in 1998 at 91. He had been incapacitated for the most part, if my memory serves me correctly, not long after the Mirage Hotel’s grand opening and Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran III in December 1989. That was the last fight I remember seeing Chris at in Las Vegas.
ANYBODY GOT A PICTURE OF AHMED BEY (1933-2003)
The manager of Iran Barkely at one point, a Ft. Dix military fighter, died in 2003 in Santa Monica, I want to do a few words on Ahmed Bey.