By Teddy Atlas
"Of the entire those who have stricken by my existence and impact the alternatives i have made, none has been extra very important than my father."
So starts 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 means of, 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 below the tutelage of famed coach Cus D'Amato; as a significant other 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 function 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 similar to Play It to the Bone. In sharing his tales, Atlas unearths the philosophy in which he lives.
Like Teddy Atlas -- inimitable, difficult, sincere, and clever -- this publication conjures up. it truly is approximately a lot more than boxing. it's a tale of overcoming hardships, of compassion for these in want, of large own integrity, and of non-public triumph.
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He’s a famous doctor. . ” They took me to Marine Hospital (now called Bailey Seton), the place I’d worked as a janitor. ” The last thing I remember thinking about before I lost consciousness was his schedule. It wasn’t my father who sewed me up; it was an Asian physician, Dr. Lee. It took four hundred stitches. Two hundred on the outside, two hundred on the inside. My father showed up later that night. I opened my eyes and there he was. ” I asked. ” He looked at his hand. There were notes written on his skin.
Even if their intentions were good, their judgment might not be. So you had to know who you were getting your information from. Always, in the end, I’d want to take a look at the kid if I hadn’t gotten a line on him I was satisﬁed with. If he was a tall, skinny kid, I wouldn’t take him. Most tall, skinny kids have a lot of leverage. They can almost always punch like bastards. So I’d turn them down. Then I’d watch later in the night as they knocked some guy dead, and know that I’d been right. When it came down to it, if I still wasn’t sure, I’d pull out my trump card.
My mother was seated right behind us in the front row. My father, true to his word, didn’t show up. Near the end of the proceeding, there was a commotion in the back of the courtroom. I looked around, and there was Cus, making his way in. Dan Leddy announced to Judge Rayden, a dour-looking fellow in his sixties, that we had one more person who wanted to speak on my behalf: “The defense calls Mr. ” I’ll never know how much Cus’s testimony swayed the judge, but it deﬁnitely made a difference in the judge’s ﬁnal dispensation.