Two weeks before Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship, the boxer’s trainer met secretly with FBI agents and identified members of the Nation of Islam who were associates of Ali, aIn a “confidential” February 1964 memo to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, a supervisor in the bureau’s Miami office
ccording to bureau records.
reported on a meeting with “trainer-manager” Angelo Dundee and Dundee’s brother Chris, who was promoting the fight between Liston and Ali (who was then still known as Cassius Clay).
The interview of the Dundees was done in connection with the FBI’s ongoing examination of the Nation of Islam, a probe investigators categorized as a “security matter.”
Ali’s connection to the Nation of Islam was of great interest to Hoover & Co. since the athlete was the most high-profile public figure to be aligned with the group, which is described in one FBI memo as a “semireligious Negro organization which preaches extreme hatred of the white man.”
Along with identifying suspected “members of the NOI,” the Dundee brothers provided agents with the names of “Clay’s associates,” according to the February 13 memo to Hoover. The names of individuals fingered by the Dundees were redacted from the document, which was released in response to a TSG Freedom of Information Act request.
Angelo Dundee is pictured with Clay, then 20, in the above February 1962 photo.
The FBI’s meeting with the Dundees came about three weeks before it was revealed that Clay had joined the Nation of Islam and would henceforth be known as Muhammad Ali.
The Dundees also spoke to federal agents about an individual who had just checked into a Miami Beach hotel (and whose tab was being charged to Cassius Clay Enterprises). The brothers were apparently upset about this development and told FBI agents that if they “received any further information” they would “bring it to the attention of the Miami office.”
A second FBI memo reported that the Dundees “added that they do not know if Cassius Clay is a member of the Nation of Islam and know nothing of any financial contributions he may have made to that organization.”
On February 25, 1964 Clay defeated Liston at Convention Hall in Miami Beach, capturing the heavyweight crown. On March 6, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad announced Clay had been renamed Muhammad Ali.
Angelo Dundee, who died last year at age 90, trained Ali for almost his entire 20-year professional career. He also trained Sugar Ray Leonard, who won world championships in multiple weight classes. In 1994, the Dundee brothers were both inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
KC Remembers a couple of other very good boxers who became infected with evil Islam and it ended up ruining their careers:
Naseem Hamed a British boxer and former Bantamweight and Featherweight champion born to Yemeni parents who emigrated to Sheffield. Hamed adopted the moniker “Prince” Naseem Hamed. He is known for his flashy and arrogant style, colourful ring entrances, unorthodox southpaw stance, and explosive power. At his best Naseem was 1 of the best boxers in the world at the time. Then he must have had some kind of mental breakdown through all the punches he had received to his head because he decided to turn into a hardcore Muslim.He flaunted his Muslim faith; the word , Islam, was sewn into his trademark baggy shorts and he was once theatrically called into the ring by a mullah. His Islamic awakening also spelled the beginning of the end for him as a boxer where he went from World Champion to chump in no time.
Mike Tyson. Another World Champion boxer who decided to convert to Muslim and saw not only his boxing career but every aspect of his life free fall out of control. Islam is like an infectious disease that once it gets inside of you and starts eating away at your mind. Life will never be the same again.