Monday, 29 July 2013 14:45

July 29, 1956: Teddy Atlas Born

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On July 29, 1956 famed boxing trainer, philanthropist, commentator and amateur boxing patron Teddy Atlas was born.

Atlas trained as an amateur boxer under the legendary Cus D'Amato and later worked as his assistant. His most famous pupil was future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. After leaving D'Amato's employ Atlas trained heavyweight champion Michael Moorer. Atlas covered the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012) for NBC and commentates for ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. He is the founder of the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, which awards financial support to those in need and supports boxing gyms in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Atlas has been a controversial figure. He was fired by D'Amato for an altercation with Mike Tyson in which Atlas produced and fired a gun. He was nearly sacked by NBC for claiming on air that the scoring in Olympic boxing was little better than fixed. He was also suspended twice from ESPN for confrontations with other ESPN employees. He is famous for his colorful analogies and openly emotional reactions to the fights he covers.