If he thought a referee might stop a fight because of a gash on his fighter, Dundee would stretch his butt so the referee couldn't peek into the corner, allowing him to conceal the wound before the bell. If a fighter was tired, Dundee would do anything he could to buy time, once untying a boxer's shoes after every round only to slowly retie the laces each time.
Dundee also went well beyond the usual tricks of smelling salts to revive fighters.
If his man was dazed, Dundee would often drop ice down the fighter's shorts to take their attention off injuries. During Ali's 1963 fight against Henry Cooper, Dundee pulled off a stunt that took him decades to publicly acknowledge.
After Cooper dropped Ali and left him dizzy at the end of the fourth round, Dundee alerted the referee to a small rip on Ali's gloves — a split Dundee would later admit he noticed before the fight — and the search for replacement gloves that never came gave Ali a few extra seconds to recover. Ali pounded Cooper's cuts in the fifth and the fight was stopped, keeping Ali's title shot alive. Many boxing commissions would soon require extra gloves to be kept at every fight.
Dundee never held back the one-liners in the corner, either, saying anything he could to get his fighters charged.
Dundee also loved to tell the story of the night he was in the corner for a little-known heavyweight named Johnny Holman. Remembering that Holman's dream was to buy a house, Dundee tried to motivate Holman when he said, "This guy's taking away your house from you. He's taking away those shutters from you. He's taking away that television set from you." Holman would come back to win — and get that house.
After living in the Miami area for decades, Dundee moved to the Tampa suburb of Oldsmar in 2007 to be closer to his two children after his wife of more than 50 years, Helen, fell ill. She died three years later.
AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez contributed to this report.
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