ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas feels that WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) did just enough to win last Saturday night in his 12 round unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlas thinks Mayweather played it safe too much by holding, running and throwing pot shots instead of standing and trading with the hard hitting Maidana. Atlas thinks that if a prime Sugar Ray Leonard was in the ring with Maidana last Saturday night, he would have knocked him out with his combinations and power punching. Continue reading
ESPN boxing analyst and trainer Teddy Atlas was honored Sunday at the third annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner in New York. Atlas, who resides in Staten Island, has been involved in the New York boxing scene throughout his career, including six years at the legendary Catskill Boxing Club of Cus D’Amato. Atlas is perhaps best known for serving as Mike Tyson’s trainer the first four years of his career and preparing him for the eventual world Heavyweight Championship. Among this year’s inductees include former World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney, the late two-time World Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson, Promoter Lou DiBella, and the late trainer Cus D’Amato. Continue reading
NEW YORK (March 24, 2013) – This Sunday’s third annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction and awards dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, is officially a sold-out event.
NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy reports that 450 people will attend the festivities this Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
NYSBHOF Class of 2014
WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion Tracy Harris Patterson New Paltz
WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus Canastota
WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley Flushing, Queens
WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte Brooklyn
World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney Huntington
Two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho Brooklyn
1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr. Glen Cove
Two-time World Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson Brooklyn
World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers Herkimer
Three-time World Welterweight Champion Jack Britton Clinton
World Featherweight Champion Terry McGovern Brooklyn
ESPN boxing commentator and trainer Teddy Atlas Staten Island
Promoter Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment) Brooklyn
Boxing historian and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood Brooklyn
Trainer and Sunnyside Gardens matchmaker Gene Moore Queens
Boxing writer/historian Angelo Prospero Rochester
Trainer/cutman Whitey Bimstein Manhattan’s Lower East Side
Trainer Cus D’Amato Bronx & Catskill
Trainer & 1st Chairman NYSAC William Muldoon Belfast/Caneadea-Westchester County
Manager Tom O’Rourke New York City
All living 2014 inductees have confirmed their attendance, including those below who commented about being honored.
Howard Davis Jr.: “I feel privileged to be inducted in my home state of New York. Being inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame is a great honor and I’m proud to be standing next some of the great names in boxing.”
Teddy Atlas: “For seven years, starting as a 19 year old, I spent seven days a week in an upstate gym training fighters with the only reward being the seemingly exaggerated yet energizing words of an old man saying, ‘You will train world champions someday and be in the Hall of Fame.’ He just never said it would be together. Congratulations, Cus, and thanks for the help…..and the words.”
Steve Farhood: “Being inducted into the NYS Boxing Hall of Fame is special to me because I take great pride in being a New Yorker. Dare I say that for better or worse, I’m about as New York as anyone can be.
“I’m also thrilled that among my fellow inductees are fighters I covered, such as Gerry Cooney and Mustafa Hamsho, and longtime friends, such as Teddy Atlas and Lou DiBella.
“I was born in Brooklyn, and I’ve lived in Manhattan since the age of 12. I’ve been based in New York City for all 35 of my years in the boxing media, and be sure that I’m not planning to move any time soon.”
Bill Backus: “I am so happy to be chosen as an inductee to be put in the NYSBHOF. I was born and raised in the state of New York and 44 of my 75 fights were in New York.”
Gerry Cooney: “This is an honor and a pleasure. I’ve met so many great people through boxing. Boxing kept me off the streets and kept me ion the straight and narrow. I’m grateful for all the places and people I’ve met through boxing. All of the pieces fell together.”
NYSBHOF plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission and Waterfront Crabhouse. Ring 8 also plans to build a monument in Long Island City with every NYSBHOF inductee’s name inscribed.
The 2014 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
In order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, all boxers needed to have been inactive for at least three years, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.
Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.
CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.
CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard, and Don Dunphy.
Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champ of the world, who now is a boxing promoter, showed up ringside for ESPN’s season finale of Friday Night Fights. Iron Mike took the opportunity to make peace with Teddy Atlas. He said he was sorry for what he did years ago. Apparently, he was referring to a well-publicized incident that occurred years ago. Allegedly, it involved Tyson’s crude behavior toward a young girl related to Teddy’s wife. Tyson, after expressing his sorrow, then hugged Teddy. All is well. It was a release for Tyson, who constantly struggles to turn the corner on his recovery. Continue reading
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special “Friday Night Fights” Edition tonight at 9:00 PM EST.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506
During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will discuss the unpopular verdict of the Barthelemy/Usmanee main event on the season premier of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and also talk about Teddy Atlas’ on-air tirade. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Michael Collins: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas doesn’t think that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has the skills or the hand speed to beat a talented fighter like Sergio Martinez tonight in their fight in Las Vegas. Atlas is one of the many people who feel that Chavez Jr’s weight advantage will be meaningless for him because of Martinez mobility.
Atlas said “Chavez Jr. is a little too slow, too predictable, right down the middle. He’s not hard to hit; He likes to go to the body. He’s not going to get his way with Martinez. Martinez is going to knock him out late in the fight. He’s going to take him apart like a surgeon taking someone apart and just operates on them. I think he [Martinez] has quicker hands, better experience, confidence, everything, the whole package and his feet. Martinez uses his legs real well to get angles and to do his job.”
I think Atlas pretty much summed up my thoughts on the fight in an excellent manner. Chavez Jr. is a big guy and is young, but his whole style of fighting is suited more for the stationary opposition that his promoter Bob Arum has been matching against him up until now. Chavez Jr. is a big slow guy that needs his opponents to stand right there for him to land his shots, preferably with their backs against the ropes. With a big 15 pound weight advantage at times, the 180 pound Chavez Jr. is able to have his way with smaller middleweights and that makes things easy for him. Continue reading