Has anyone heard this story before?
I picked up Dundee's book that came out in 2008 "My View From the Corner", a week ago in a second hand book store and have been flipping through it a couple of times, while, ahem, "doing my best thinking" (sorry for the visual).
Flipped ahead to a chapter on SRL and his fight with Duran.
Following the KO of Davey Boy Greene, apparently on the way to the post fight Press conference, Pepe Correa, Leonard's amateur trainer, then assistant trainer and future head trainer when Ange was dismissed following the Hagler bout, came up behind Dundee and cold cocked him, knocking him to the ground and nearly unconscious.
Dundee who barely remembers what happened, to say nothing of HOW it happened, also has no idea WHY it happened. And has never gotten an explanation about the whole episode.
As Dundee wrote in his book, while Ange was on a dressing room table getting attended to, all the Leonard team could do was try to figure out how to cover this up. Not wanting any bad press or controversy, a story was concocted that a fan had drilled Dundee in the back of the head.
THat was the story I recall.
I also recall reading that it was a camp hanger-oner.
Went and looked through a few other books I have on Ray and in Alan Goldstein's book (Fistful of Sugar), there is mention of the incident but the person identified as clocking Angelo was a Joe "Pepe" Saunders, who was there to serve as Ray's personal chauffer for the week of the fight.
I never made the connection that this person who was identified in Goldstein's book was actually Pepe Correa.
The incident is not mentioned in Toperoff's book (Noble Warriors). Nor is is mentioned in Marantz's (Sorcery) or Kimball's book (Four Kings) and it isn't in Dundee's first bio (I Only Talk Winning).
I never thought much of Correa as a trainer. I've never been impressed with him and I think it was evident just how average he was when seeing the developement and older Lennox Lewis made under Manny Steward. He was in his physical prime with Correa, but his skills had never truly progressed from his amateur days, until he reached his 30's while with Steward.
After reading this story, I can now say I don't think much of Correa as a Man either.