|born on||3 June 1916 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )|
|Place||Gary, Indiana, 41n36, 87w21|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||12°33' 11°57 Asc. 06°12'|
American boxing cutman and trainer who worked with over 50 world champions including Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Tommy Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez, Evander Holyfield, Edward Necco and Oscar De La Hoya. He was known for his trademark headbands with photos of his fighters as well as his handmade jewelry and collages that he liked to give away as gifts.
Bodak's involvement in boxing began circa 1929 at Schonfield's Athletic Club. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He survived the Battle of The Bulge after being shot twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts. An amateur fighter himself, Bodak coached the National Golden Gloves team in the late 1950s and began working with young teenager named Cassius Clay who changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Bodak trained Ali for the last four years of his amateur career that culminated with the winning of a Gold Medal for the light-heavyweight competition at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games held in Rome, Italy.
Bodak moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1958 where he was a boxing coach for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for many years before moving to California. Even though advancing in age, he continued to work in the ring and was active in the boxing community until he suffered a stroke in 2007 at the age of 90. He died in a motor accident on 6 February 2009 at the age of 92 in Orange County, California.
- (has as) student relationship with Ali, Muhammad (born 17 January 1942)
- (has as) student relationship with De La Hoya, Oscar (born 4 February 1973)
- (has as) student relationship with Marciano, Rocky (born 1 September 1923)
- Health : Acute illness 2007 (Stroke)
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.
- Personal : Death : Accidental
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (92)
- Vocation : Military : Honors (2 Purple Hearts)
- Vocation : Military : Military service (Army, WWII)
- Vocation : Sports Business : Personal Trainer (Boxing cutman and trainer)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Celebrity clientele)