By Teddy Atlas
"Of the entire those that have tormented by my existence and impact the alternatives i have made, none has been extra very important than my father."
So starts off the autobiography of mythical boxing coach and commentator Teddy Atlas, who grew from the rebellious son of a physician to a guy who embraces, and lives through, his father's values and code.
In this gritty, spellbinding story, Atlas recounts his attention-grabbing lifestyles -- as a juvenile antisocial at the streets of Staten Island; as a boxer and Golden Gloves champion lower than the tutelage of famed coach Cus D'Amato; as a spouse to the damaging, unpredictable Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, up till the day Gravano became rat and taken down crime boss John Gotti; and as a coach of champions and contenders, between them fourteen-year-old Mike Tyson and heavyweight Michael Moorer, whom he resulted in the crown with a win over Evander Holyfield.
Equally engrossing are Teddy Atlas's bills of educating dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp for her winning comeback at age forty-two; his paintings with actor Willem Dafoe, getting ready him for his position as a focus camp boxer within the movie Triumph of the Spirit; his trip to Poland to choreograph the film's boxing scenes; and his personal functionality in video clips reminiscent of Play It to the Bone. In sharing his tales, Atlas unearths the philosophy through which he lives.
Like Teddy Atlas -- inimitable, difficult, sincere, and clever -- this publication evokes. it's approximately much more than boxing. it's a tale of overcoming hardships, of compassion for these in want, of large own integrity, and of private triumph.
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They couldn’t be around drugs. They couldn’t drink. Meanwhile, I was going out at night, after our training sessions, and robbing people. I knew it was screwed up—I mean, I would not let these kids do one thing wrong, and yet there I was doing what I was doing. What changed everything started one night at this low-life bar down on Bay Street by the waterfront. It was a place called Mandia’s. They had a late crowd there. People would come in around one, two in the morning. Screwed-up, lost souls, the kind of people who gravitate to places like that.
I used to go take him out and wheel him around the parks in Staten Island. He loved nature and animals, and he was always reading up on various wildlife, talking about how the animals needed to be protected or they’d become extinct. Out in the woods in these parks, we’d pretend that we were seeing all these extinct animals from the prehistoric era. He loved to fantasize about things like that. When I had left for Catskill, Sean’s condition was deteriorating. Sometime during the year I was up there, I got a call from his father that Sean was in the hospital and very sick.
He came from a messedup family—one brother was a methadone addict and had stabbed him, another brother had hit him with a baseball bat—I mean, he was lucky to have survived. Freddie had his own problems, though not nearly as bad. They were both looking for something, I guess, some kind of structure and discipline. The fact that they came to me blew my mind. But I said yes. 38 ATLAS I took them over to a gym in the basement of the church that was run by my old mentor from the PAL, Ray Rivera. He was the same as ever, still having the kids put their mouthpieces in the communal jar by the door.