Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

A 19 years old Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Angelo Dundee at 5th St. Gym in Miami Beach, 1961.

The 5th St. Gym got its start in 1950 when Chris Dundee began promoting big time boxing in Miami Beach. It quickly became the celebrated University of Boxing, overseen by Chris and his brother Angelo. The gym was also a magnet for a wide range of international celebrities including Rocky Marciano, Malcolm X, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, and a myriad of others who were absorbed into the gym’s legendary mystique. Boxing people the world over sent their fighters to be trained at the 5th St. gym. It originally lasted around four decades and created countless world champions, including Cassius Clay who later became Muhammad Ali.