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Bundini: Natural Born Motivator

Check out a documentary film behind the legendary voice hailing from the corner of Muhammad Ali.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

“How do you motivate someone who’s a savant, who’s a legend?”

That’s the main question of this documentary on Drew Bundini Brown, who was the inspiring voice behind the great Muhammad Ali. This Quarantine Film Productions’ feature gives a look back at one of the most iconic cornermen in boxing history.

“There’s an impulse to think of him as a hype man or a cheerleader, or maybe even a member of of Muhammad Ali’s entourage,” says author Todd Synder. “When you really dig deeper, into who he was, he was a natural born motivator.

“His gift was his voice, his weapon was the English language.”

The film credits Bundini’s experience in the Navy as reshaping his life and world view, getting the name ‘Bundini’, meaning ‘lover’, during a tour where some local girls thought he was handsome. That nickname would stick with him forever.

Bundini would ultimately be introduced to Muhammad Ali after spending years in the camp of Sugar Ray Robinson, and the rest, as they say is history.

If you have 20 minutes to spare on one of boxing’s most iconic figures, check it out...

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