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Theodore A. Atlas, Jr. (29 July 1956, in Staten Island, New York) fight trainer and fight commentator.
The son of a doctor, Atlas grew up in a middle class neighbourhood in Staten Island. Teddy Atlas trained as an amateur boxer with Hall of Fame trainer Cus D'Amato but was forced to retire after suffering a back injury. He was then made a trainer by D'amato but split after a clashing with D'Amato's protege Mike Tyson. Atlas predicted that Tyson would struggle against opponents who were not scared of him - a theory proved correct when Tyson suffered crushing losses to Douglas, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. He correctly predicted that Tyson would deliberately disqualify himself in his rematch with Evander Holyfield to avoid a humiliating loss.
Atlas enjoyed his greatest professional success as a head trainer with Michael Moorer. He also drew criticism for what some considered to be overdramatic speeches in the ring corner, particularly during Moorer's Heavyweight title fight with Evander Holyfield, and some felt he did these antics to draw attention to himself rather than help his fighter. Atlas has denied this, stating that he did what he believed the fighter needed based on his understanding of the fighter.
Moorer went on to defeat Holyfield by a majority decision. He also trained Featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan and Canadian Light-Heavyweight Donny La Londe.
In 1997, he founded the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation to honor the memory of his late father. The Foundation awards scholarships and grants to individuals and organizations. Atlas worked as boxing commentator for NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). Atlas published his autobiography, Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man in 2006. The book covers many different periods of Atlas's life, and compares his position as trainer to a role as a father.
In the book he tells of planning to murder Donny La Londe for firing him.
Atlas currently serves as commentator on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights and Wednesday Night Fights.