29 Facts About Teddy Atlas


The son of a doctor, Atlas grew up in a wealthy area of Staten Island, New York City, New York.


Teddy Atlas's mother, Mary Riley Atlas, was a former contestant in the Miss America pageant system, as well as a model.


Teddy Atlas's father was of Hungarian Jewish ancestry and his mother of Irish descent.


Teddy Atlas was raised in his mother's Catholic faith and spent summers in Spring Lake, New Jersey, with his family's friends.


Teddy Atlas dropped out of school and was arrested several times.


Teddy Atlas participated in an armed robbery and served time on Rikers Island.


Teddy Atlas was involved in a street fight in Stapleton, Staten Island, in which his face was severely slashed with a "007" flick knife.


Teddy Atlas trained as an amateur boxer with Hall of Fame trainer Cus D'Amato.


Teddy Atlas had some amateur fights and won a 135-pound Golden Gloves title but had to turn to work as a trainer due to a back injury.


Teddy Atlas was an assistant to D'Amato, although his role in the Catskill Boxing Club was short-lived.


Teddy Atlas's duties included assisting in the training of D'Amato's teenage protege Mike Tyson.


Teddy Atlas enjoyed his biggest success as head trainer to Michael Moorer, whom he guided to the world heavyweight title in 1994.


Teddy Atlas drew criticism for what some considered to be overly dramatic speeches in the ring corner, particularly during Moorer's heavyweight title fight with Evander Holyfield, and some felt he did this to draw attention to himself rather than help his fighter.


Teddy Atlas worked the corners of featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan in one fight and light heavyweight Donny Lalonde.


However, Lalonde refuted Teddy Atlas' story, claiming he did not even live at the apartment Teddy Atlas described at the time.


In 2009, Teddy Atlas began training Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin as Povetkin prepared for an eventual title match against Wladimir Klitschko.


In 2015, Teddy Atlas returned to training to prepare Timothy Bradley for his welterweight title defense against Brandon Rios.


In September 2018 Teddy Atlas agreed to train Oleksandr Gvozdyk for upcoming fight with Adonis Stevenson on December 1,2018 in Montreal for WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles.


Teddy Atlas served as a commentator for ESPN, formerly for ESPN2's Friday Night Fights and Wednesday Night Fights and later for ESPN's Premier Boxing Champions fights.


On January 25,2008, Teddy Atlas was suspended by ESPN twice, once for threatening a crew member and once after confronting the network's boxing program director, Doug Loughrey.


Teddy Atlas accused Loughrey of showing favoritism to certain promoters and matchmakers, who were abusing their ESPN connections by taking fighters from other promoters with promises of potential ESPN dates.


Teddy Atlas is in contract until 2020, and continues to provide boxing analysis for ESPN.


In 2001, Teddy Atlas won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism.


Teddy Atlas worked as a boxing commentator for NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro.


Teddy Atlas was a contributor on fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco's The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing DVD.


Teddy Atlas is featured as a member of the in-game commentary team on Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion, alongside Joe Tessitore.


Teddy Atlas played the role of Klaus Silber, main antagonist in the movie.


Teddy Atlas published his autobiography, Teddy Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man, in 2006.


Teddy Atlas has been inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.