It was brought to this writer’s attention by Brick City Boxing correspondent Robert Brizel the passing of Mahmoud Fadel a former sparring partner of Muhammad Ali.
I’ve been to Deer Lake when Ali was there half a dozen times and met Ali there several times. I never was aware of Fadel. He seemed to have a good amateur record but never made it as a pro. Since he spent time at the 5th Street Gym in Miami, FL, that is where he must have sparred with Ali.
The following is from www.boxrec.com:
Heavyweight Mahmoud Fadel was a sparring partner of Muhammad Ali in the 1970’s, including at the famous 5th Street Gym, in Miami, FL. He claimed, at one time, a 10 round bout between Ali and Fadel was being considered before Ali regained the world heavyweight title, but Ali ultimately decided against it because he and Fadel were friends. Fadel won seven consecutive bouts working as an on again and off again sparring partner with Ali. After Muhammad Ali retirement as champion in 1978, Fadel attempted a comeback in June of 1979 in Monaco after a year of inactivity but instead got knocked out in the second round by French heavyweight champion Lucien Rodriguez, a former European heavyweight title holder, on the undercard of Leon Spinks versus Gerrie Coetzee. Fadel then retired from the ring for good. 37 years after his name had faded from the boxing scene, on Friday, June 10, 2016. Mahmoud Fadel reemerged in the funeral procession for Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, attending the services and traveling to the funeral procession to Cave Hill Cemetery to say his final goodbye to his friend and boxing mentor.
This writer remembers Rodriguez fighting for the world title in Scranton, PA, losing every round but going the distance with then champion Larry Holmes in March of 1983. Per box rec Fadel was trained at the Kronk Gym by Manny Steward. Fadel had lived in Kalamazoo, MI, though born in Lebanon. He died of Dementia and the Lou Gehrig’s disease.