By Teddy Atlas
"Of the entire those who have suffering from my lifestyles and impression the alternatives i have made, none has been extra vital 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 by way of, his father's values and code.
In this gritty, spellbinding story, Atlas recounts his attention-grabbing existence -- as a juvenile antisocial at the streets of Staten Island; as a boxer and Golden Gloves champion below the tutelage of famed coach Cus D'Amato; as a better half 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 ended in the crown with a win over Evander Holyfield.
Equally engrossing are Teddy Atlas's debts of teaching dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp for her profitable 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 videos equivalent to Play It to the Bone. In sharing his tales, Atlas finds the philosophy through which he lives.
Like Teddy Atlas -- inimitable, difficult, sincere, and clever -- this publication conjures up. it's approximately a lot more than boxing. it's a tale of overcoming hardships, of compassion for these in want, of super own integrity, and of non-public triumph.
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I was still young. I wanted to ﬁght, I didn’t want to teach. The dream of being a professional ﬁghter was the thing that was pulling me forward, keeping me directed. If I couldn’t continue, then to hell with boxing and to hell with Catskill. At least that was the way I felt at the time. THERE AND BACK AGAIN -–—––-—-–-––--—- W hen I told Cus that I was going back home, he said, “You can’t go. You gotta stay here. I’m responsible for you. ” The funny thing is that despite the fact that the terms of my parole stipulated that I stay in Catskill under Cus’s supervision, my parole ofﬁcer, Steve Zawada, had taken a liking to me (he’d even driven up to Catskill one time to watch me box), so he didn’t bust my balls or try to stop me when I decided to leave.
Just do me a favor,” I said. ” I was a little worried because he was still unconscious when I brought him in. “They’re working on him now. He’s still unconscious. ” I was uneasy about it, but I sat down. After about ﬁve minutes, I realized what was going on. I got up and ran for the door. Too late. The cops were coming in. ” It was the same pair that had arrested me in the bar with Billy Sullivan. They handcuffed me and then brought me back inside. Meanwhile, the guy had come to, and he identiﬁed me.
At last, I relented and we gave up the search. We marked the trees in the area with the hatchets, and made our way back to the car. It’s hard to explain, but in some way I felt that Sean had taken the ring away from me. I know it sounds crazy, but I began to think that he was trying to tell me that he didn’t approve of the way I was living. I’ll never know if that was true (I never went back to look for the ring), but not long after that trip something did actually happen that wound up pushing me in a positive direction: I was approached by these two kids who asked me to train them, Joe “the Blade” Slattery and Freddie Koop.