London Real: Teddy Atlas Interview Notes

ABOUT TEDDY ATLAS

Teddy Atlas (@teddyatlasreal) is an American Boxing Trainer and Commentator. He has trained 18 World Champions including Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer and has been a boxing commentator for 4 Olympic Games. He has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame.

Teddy Atlas was the guest on the London Real show with Brian Rose where he discussed fear, boxing, Cus D’Amato, Mike Tyson, and more.

Here are our takeaways from the conversation.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Teddy Atlas was the right-hand person for Cus D’Amato when he was running the training at the Catskill Boxing Club
  • Surviving is natural. Winning is taught.
  • A fighter does not fight his opponent in the boxing ring. He fights himself.
  • Teddy Atlas says that it is harder to quit than it is to fight
  • Everyone has to face their demons and not keep ignoring it all the time
  • Teddy Atlas parted ways with Cus D’Amato and the Catskill Boxing Club after an altercation with Mike Tyson where he pointed a gun to Tyson’s head because Tyson had behaved sexually inappropriate with an 11-year-old female relative of Teddy.
  • According to Teddy Atlas, Mike Tyson is 0-5 in boxing because he never faced a real challenge
  • Not being better is what scares Teddy Atlas

TEDDY ATLAS QUOTES

  • “It’s who’s in the home that makes the home”
  • “People think ‘Oh you’re just facing a guy with a left and…’ No you’re not. You’re facing yourself. That’s the magic.”
  • “It’s harder to quit than it is to fight”
  • “If you quit, you have to live with the ramifications and the understanding of that for eternity. If you fight, it’s over within a second.”
  • “If you don’t know what’s at the door, how are you going to deal with it?”
  • “We’re all fighting for something. It’s just a matter of what.”
  • “Until there’s resistance, until there’s something to fight against, until there’s something to overcome, you haven’t been in a fight.”
  • “Punchers are born, they’re not made.”

TEDDY ATLAS ON FIGHTING THE FEAR

  • Even the fighter has fear. But only him who can go ahead with it into a fight and fight it out is a fighter.
  • You have to face your fears to be truly liberated. Don’t ignore what is at the door. Know it and deal with it.
  • A fighter is truly a fighter only when he has experienced resistance

RUNNING TRAINING FOR CUS D’AMATO

  • Teddy Atlas was the right-hand person for Cus D’Amato when he was running the training at the Catskill Boxing Club
  • He worked for 7 days a week and on the weekends he would drive the boxers for fight nights
  • Cus D’Amato was not married and once told Teddy Atlas that he married boxing
  • Teddy Atlas did a good job at everything to make Cus D’Amato happy
  • He parted ways with Cus D’Amato after an altercation with Mike Tyson where he pointed a gun to Tyson’s head because Tyson had behaved sexually inappropriate with an 11-year-old female relative of Teddy.

ON MIKE TYSON

  • According to Teddy Atlas, Mike Tyson is 0-5 in his boxing career because he never faced a real challenge and overcame it
  • The power of Mike Tyson was both his strength and his curse
  • Mike Tyson was never tested because he always found a way out with the power in his hands
  • When Mike Tyson was tested, he could not overcome it, as it happened with Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield
  • Promoters wanted to make money with Mike Tyson and did not push him to places he had never been to get better
  • Mike Tyson knew how to play the intimidation game well

TEDDY ATLAS & HIS FATHER

  • Teddy Atlas’ hero was his father who was a doctor
  • He remembers his father telling him to never give up on life
  • According to Teddy, his father was a tough person who never spoke about himself

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