Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, Boxing, Loyalty, Fear & Greatness | Lex Fridman Podcast #406

Last updated: Dec 25, 2023

The video is about the relationship between legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas and his mentor Cus D'Amato, as well as their work with young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson. The conversation between Teddy and Lex Fridman covers topics such as loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness, and how these factors played a role in their lives and careers. The video also touches on the human drama and complexity involved in their relationships, and how they learned valuable lessons from their experiences.

This video by Lex Fridman was published on Dec 24, 2023.
Video length: 02:09:09.

The video is about the relationship between legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas and his mentor, Cus D'Amato, and their work with young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson.

The conversation between Teddy and Lex Fridman covers a range of topics, including boxing styles, matches, techniques, tactics, and individual fighters like Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and Floyd Mayweather. However, the conversation also delves into the human story of loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness, and the complexities of human nature and human drama involved.

The video highlights the importance of forgiveness, trust, and love in life, and the lessons learned from one's father and mentors.

* Teddy Atlas worked with his mentor Cus D'Amato in training the young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson. * Mike Tyson was a troubled youth who was arrested over 40 times and at the age of 15 he was sexually inappropriate with Teddy's 11-year-old niece. * In response to this, Teddy put a 38 caliber handgun to Tyson's ear and told him to never touch his family again or he would kill him if he did. * Cus D'Amato kicked Teddy out, in part, to help minimize the chance of Mike Tyson being taken away by the state and losing the dream of developing one of the greatest boxers of all time. * Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a complex relationship that involved loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness. * Teddy Atlas put a gun to Mike Tyson's ear and threatened to kill him if he ever touched his family again. * Mike Tyson was arrested over 40 times and at the age of 15 he was sexually inappropriate with Teddy's 11-year-old niece. * Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson worked together to develop one of the greatest boxers of all time. * The relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson involved human drama and complexity. * The things said and the things left unsaid in their conversation were full of pain and contradictions. * Teddy Atlas's stories and philosophy on life were full of love, anchor, and permeating contradictions. * The people close to you, the people you trust, and the people you love are everything. * Teddy Atlas learned through osmosis with his father. * His father was a doctor who helped people and built two hospitals. * Teddy Atlas's father was a legendary figure who had a great impact on people's lives. * Teddy Atlas learned valuable lessons from his father about life. * Teddy Atlas was a legendary boxing trainer who could do what he wanted to a certain extent but he would bring patients in without administering any medication, which was better than McDonald's. * Teddy Atlas used to drive certain areas and pick up homeless people, which was a big heart and showed compassion towards them. * Teddy Atlas took a homeless guy to the hospital and dropped him off, which showed his willingness to help others even if it meant putting himself at risk. * Teddy Atlas explained things to his young protégé, Mike Tyson, in a way that was easy to understand and showed his willingness to teach and mentor him. * Teddy Atlas put the homeless guy in the hospital because it was the holidays, and he believed that it was a good time for certain people to be around people and not alone. * Teddy Atlas had a strong relationship with his mentor, Cus D'Amato, who taught him everything he knew about boxing. * Teddy Atlas was loyal to his mentor and would do anything to help him, even if it meant putting himself at risk. * Teddy Atlas learned valuable lessons from his mentor, including the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. * Teddy Atlas was grateful for his mentor's guidance and support, and would always remember him fondly. * Teddy Atlas's relationship with his mentor was a source of inspiration and motivation for him throughout his career. * Teddy Atlas was Mike Tyson's mentor and trainer, and played a crucial role in his success as a boxer. * Teddy Atlas was loyal to Mike Tyson and would do anything to help him, even if it meant putting himself at risk. * Teddy Atlas taught Mike Tyson everything he knew about boxing, including the importance of discipline, focus, and mental toughness. * Teddy Atlas was proud of Mike Tyson's achievements and would always be there to support and encourage him. * Teddy Atlas's relationship with Mike Tyson was a source of inspiration and motivation for both of them. * Teddy Atlas was born in Miami, Florida, and had a family in New York City. * Teddy Atlas was a devoted father and would do anything to be with his children, even if it meant going on house calls or driving around picking up homeless people. * Teddy Atlas was a compassionate and caring person who always went out of his way to help others. * Teddy Atlas was a private person who didn't share much about his personal life, but was known for his dedication to his work and his family. * Teddy Atlas was a complex and multifaceted person who was loved and respected by many. * Teddy Atlas was a boxing trainer who worked with Cus D'Amato, a legendary boxing trainer. * D'Amato never showed emotion to anyone, including Atlas. * Atlas remembers that D'Amato kissed him on the forehead and left, which made him realize the importance of loyalty and trust in relationships. * Atlas made deals with God as a child, but as he got older and had children, he realized that these deals were not realistic. * D'Amato read non-fiction books to his blood vessels when he was older, and he only read books about science, generals, and strategy. * Atlas was fascinated by the war of Stalingrad and the Soviet Union's victory over the Germans. * D'Amato told Atlas about the generals, strategy, and the winter that destroyed the Germans. * Atlas was already in the boxing business and realized the importance of matchmaking and picking the right opponent. * Atlas's father was in a trance while driving and didn't ignore him, but Atlas always wondered where he was. * Atlas asked his father about his thoughts and discovered that he saw what could be, not just what was. * Atlas grew up in a neighborhood where his father was a doctor and walked down the street, wishing he could get up the hill. * Atlas was fascinated by the tough neighborhood called Stapleton and wished he could get down the hill. * Atlas discovered boxing and fell in love with it, which saved him from his anger and violence. * Atlas's family didn't approve of his boxing career, but he was determined to pursue it. * Atlas's father was a doctor and didn't understand the importance of boxing in his life. * Atlas's boxing career brought him success and fame, but he never forgot his roots.

Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, Boxing, Loyalty, Fear & Greatness | Lex Fridman Podcast #406 - YouTube

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The Early Years

  • Teddy Atlas worked with his mentor Cus D'Amato in training the young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson.
  • Mike Tyson was a troubled youth who was arrested over 40 times and at the age of 15 he was sexually inappropriate with Teddy's 11-year-old niece.
  • In response to this, Teddy put a 38 caliber handgun to Tyson's ear and told him to never touch his family again or he would kill him if he did.
  • Cus D'Amato kicked Teddy out, in part, to help minimize the chance of Mike Tyson being taken away by the state and losing the dream of developing one of the greatest boxers of all time.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a complex relationship that involved loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy Atlas put a gun to Mike Tyson's ear and threatened to kill him if he ever touched his family again.
  • Mike Tyson was arrested over 40 times and at the age of 15 he was sexually inappropriate with Teddy's 11-year-old niece.
  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson worked together to develop one of the greatest boxers of all time.
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The Human Drama and Complexity

  • The relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson involved human drama and complexity.
  • The things said and the things left unsaid in their conversation were full of pain and contradictions.
  • Teddy Atlas's stories and philosophy on life were full of love, anchor, and permeating contradictions.
  • The people close to you, the people you trust, and the people you love are everything.
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Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, Boxing, Loyalty, Fear & Greatness | Lex Fridman Podcast #406 - YouTube

Lessons Learned from the Father

  • Teddy Atlas learned through osmosis with his father.
  • His father was a doctor who helped people and built two hospitals.
  • Teddy Atlas's father was a legendary figure who had a great impact on people's lives.
  • Teddy Atlas learned valuable lessons from his father about life.
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Teddy Atlas's Mentor and Work with Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas was a legendary boxing trainer who could do what he wanted to a certain extent but he would bring patients in without administering any medication, which was better than McDonald's.
  • Teddy Atlas used to drive certain areas and pick up homeless people, which was a big heart and showed compassion towards them.
  • Teddy Atlas took a homeless guy to the hospital and dropped him off, which showed his willingness to help others even if it meant putting himself at risk.
  • Teddy Atlas explained things to his young protégé, Mike Tyson, in a way that was easy to understand and showed his willingness to teach and mentor him.
  • Teddy Atlas put the homeless guy in the hospital because it was the holidays, and he believed that it was a good time for certain people to be around people and not alone.
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Teddy Atlas's Relationship with His Mentor

  • Teddy Atlas had a strong relationship with his mentor, Cus D'Amato, who taught him everything he knew about boxing.
  • Teddy Atlas was loyal to his mentor and would do anything to help him, even if it meant putting himself at risk.
  • Teddy Atlas learned valuable lessons from his mentor, including the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
  • Teddy Atlas was grateful for his mentor's guidance and support, and would always remember him fondly.
  • Teddy Atlas's relationship with his mentor was a source of inspiration and motivation for him throughout his career.
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Teddy Atlas's Relationship with Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas was Mike Tyson's mentor and trainer, and played a crucial role in his success as a boxer.
  • Teddy Atlas was loyal to Mike Tyson and would do anything to help him, even if it meant putting himself at risk.
  • Teddy Atlas taught Mike Tyson everything he knew about boxing, including the importance of discipline, focus, and mental toughness.
  • Teddy Atlas was proud of Mike Tyson's achievements and would always be there to support and encourage him.
  • Teddy Atlas's relationship with Mike Tyson was a source of inspiration and motivation for both of them.
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Teddy Atlas's Personal Life

  • Teddy Atlas was born in Miami, Florida, and had a family in New York City.
  • Teddy Atlas was a devoted father and would do anything to be with his children, even if it meant going on house calls or driving around picking up homeless people.
  • Teddy Atlas was a compassionate and caring person who always went out of his way to help others.
  • Teddy Atlas was a private person who didn't share much about his personal life, but was known for his dedication to his work and his family.
  • Teddy Atlas was a complex and multifaceted person who was loved and respected by many.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas was a boxing trainer who worked with Cus D'Amato, a legendary boxing trainer.
  • D'Amato never showed emotion to anyone, including Atlas.
  • Atlas remembers that D'Amato kissed him on the forehead and left, which made him realize the importance of loyalty and trust in relationships.
  • Atlas made deals with God as a child, but as he got older and had children, he realized that these deals were not realistic.
  • D'Amato read non-fiction books to his blood vessels when he was older, and he only read books about science, generals, and strategy.
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The War of Stalingrad and Its Impact on Atlas

  • Atlas was fascinated by the war of Stalingrad and the Soviet Union's victory over the Germans.
  • D'Amato told Atlas about the generals, strategy, and the winter that destroyed the Germans.
  • Atlas was already in the boxing business and realized the importance of matchmaking and picking the right opponent.
  • Atlas's father was in a trance while driving and didn't ignore him, but Atlas always wondered where he was.
  • Atlas asked his father about his thoughts and discovered that he saw what could be, not just what was.
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Atlas's Early Life and Boxing Career

  • Atlas was a stupid and violent kid who was angry and didn't know why.
  • He got into fights and did bad things, but he always hurt himself, not others.
  • Atlas grew up in a neighborhood where his father was a doctor and walked down the street, wishing he could get up the hill.
  • Atlas was fascinated by the tough neighborhood called Stapleton and wished he could get down the hill.
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Atlas's Discovery of Boxing and Its Impact on His Life

  • Atlas discovered boxing and fell in love with it, which saved him from his anger and violence.
  • Atlas's family didn't approve of his boxing career, but he was determined to pursue it.
  • Atlas's father was a doctor and didn't understand the importance of boxing in his life.
  • Atlas's boxing career brought him success and fame, but he never forgot his roots.
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The Early Years

  • Teddy Atlas grew up in a disjointed family.
  • His father was a doctor who didn't have time for his family.
  • Teddy was drawn to friends from the projects who had a sense of family.
  • Teddy learned that being great at something often means sacrificing something else.
  • Teddy's actions led him to dangerous places, both for himself and others.
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The Project and the Righteous Path

  • Teddy learned that poverty is not the only thing that can make someone feel deprived.
  • Teddy was more dangerous than some of the psychopaths he knew.
  • Teddy believed he was on a righteous path to get his father back.
  • Teddy's actions led him to almost a crash, both physically and emotionally.
  • Teddy's actions caused harm to others, including his own father.
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The Fight and the Knife

  • Teddy got into a fight with a group of guys in front of a Spanish bodega.
  • Teddy noticed one of the guys going into his pocket and knew what he was getting.
  • Teddy learned how to flick a knife, but never carried one.
  • Teddy's actions led him to dangerous places, both for himself and others.
  • Teddy's actions caused harm to others, including his own father.
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The Aftermath

  • Teddy's actions led him to Reicher Island, an idiocy.
  • Teddy's father was hurt by Teddy's actions.
  • Teddy's actions caused harm to others, including his own father.
  • Teddy's actions led him to almost a crash, both physically and emotionally.
  • Teddy's actions caused harm to others, including his own father.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato were close friends and mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Teddy learned how to flick a switch plate with his wrist, which was a new technique for him.
  • Teddy was in the middle of a fight when he realized he needed to make a decision.
  • Teddy had to decide whether to not do anything, run away, or stand his ground.
  • Teddy chose to stand his ground, which was a difficult decision but ultimately worth it for him.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Teddy taught Mike Tyson how to flick a switch plate with his wrist.
  • Teddy was in the middle of a fight when he realized he needed to make a decision.
  • Teddy had to decide whether to not do anything, run away, or stand his ground.
  • Teddy chose to stand his ground, which was a difficult decision but ultimately worth it for him.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato were close friends and mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Teddy learned how to flick a switch plate with his wrist, which was a new technique for him.
  • Teddy was in the middle of a fight when he realized he needed to make a decision.
  • Teddy had to decide whether to not do anything, run away, or stand his ground.
  • Teddy chose to stand his ground, which was a difficult decision but ultimately worth it for him.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Teddy taught Mike Tyson how to flick a switch plate with his wrist.
  • Teddy was in the middle of a fight when he realized he needed to make a decision.
  • Teddy had to decide whether to not do anything, run away, or stand his ground.
  • Teddy chose to stand his ground, which was a difficult decision but ultimately worth it for him.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato were legendary boxing trainer and mentor, respectively.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy and Cus worked together to train young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson.
  • Their relationship was tested when it was uncomfortable to be friends with each other.
  • Teddy and Cus had different perspectives on what made them friends, and their friendship was tested when it was dangerous to be friends with each other.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a close relationship, with Teddy serving as Mike's trainer and mentor.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy and Mike had different perspectives on what made them friends, and their friendship was tested when it was uncomfortable to be friends with each other.
  • Teddy and Mike had different perspectives on what made them friends, and their friendship was tested when it was dangerous to be friends with each other.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Billy

  • Teddy Atlas and Billy had a close relationship, with Billy being Teddy's best friend.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy and Billy had different perspectives on what made them friends, and their friendship was tested when it was uncomfortable to be friends with each other.
  • Teddy and Billy had different perspectives on what made them friends, and their friendship was tested when it was dangerous to be friends with each other.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and the Boxing Community

  • Teddy Atlas was a respected figure in the boxing community.
  • His relationship with the boxing community was built on loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy's reputation as a trainer and mentor made him a valuable asset to the boxing community.
  • Teddy's relationship with the boxing community was tested when it was uncomfortable to be friends with each other.
  • Teddy's relationship with the boxing community was tested when it was dangerous to be friends with each other.
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The Video

  • The video is from Lex Fridman YouTube channel.
  • It is a part of a transcript of a video with title 'Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, Boxing, Loyalty, Fear & Greatness | Lex Fridman Podcast #406 - YouTube' and with description 'The video is about the relationship between legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas and his mentor Cus D'Amato, as well as their work with young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson. The conversation between Teddy and Lex Fridman covers topics such as loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness, and how these factors played a role in their lives and careers. The video also touches on the human drama and complexity involved in their relationships, and how they learned valuable lessons from their experiences.'.
  • The video is about the relationship between legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas and his mentor Cus D'Amato, as well as their work with young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson.
  • The conversation between Teddy and Lex Fridman covers topics such as loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness, and how these factors played a role in their lives and careers.
  • The video also touches on the human drama and complexity involved in their relationships, and how they learned valuable lessons from their experiences.
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Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas was a boxing trainer who worked with Cus D'Amato, a legendary boxing trainer.
  • D'Amato was Atlas' mentor and helped him become a successful boxing trainer.
  • Atlas and D'Amato worked together to train young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson.
  • Their relationship was complex and involved human drama, as well as valuable lessons learned from their experiences.
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Loyalty

  • Loyalty was a key factor in the relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato.
  • Atlas was loyal to D'Amato and his teachings, and D'Amato was loyal to Atlas and his success as a boxing trainer.
  • Their loyalty to each other helped them achieve great success in the world of boxing.
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Betrayal

  • Betrayal was also a factor in the relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato.
  • Atlas felt betrayed by D'Amato when he was not paid for his work as a boxing trainer.
  • The betrayal caused a rift in their relationship, but they were eventually able to reconcile.
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Fear

  • Fear played a role in the relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato.
  • Atlas felt fear when he was close to death and devoid of things that normally held him back.
  • The fear made him feel free, which was a valuable lesson he learned from his experience.
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Greatness

  • Greatness was a key factor in the relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato.
  • Atlas and D'Amato worked together to train young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson, who went on to become a world champion.
  • Their success in training Tyson was a testament to their greatness as boxing trainers.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato were a legendary boxing trainer and his mentor, respectively.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, fear, and greatness.
  • Teddy learned valuable lessons from Cus, including the importance of doing what one intends to do.
  • Cus taught Teddy that everyone is afraid, but fear can be a powerful motivator.
  • Teddy learned that fear can be a driving force behind greatness.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson had a mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Teddy was responsible for training and guiding Mike to become a successful boxer.
  • Teddy learned valuable lessons from Mike, including the importance of loyalty and trust.
  • Mike learned valuable lessons from Teddy, including the importance of discipline and hard work.
  • Teddy and Mike had a complex relationship, marked by loyalty, betrayal, and greatness.
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The Impact of Fear on Greatness

  • Fear can be a powerful motivator, driving individuals to be brave and take risks.
  • Fear can also be a hindrance, preventing individuals from achieving their full potential.
  • Fear can be a driving force behind greatness, pushing individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
  • Fear can also be a hindrance, preventing individuals from taking risks and pursuing their dreams.
  • The relationship between fear and greatness is complex, with both fear and fearlessness playing important roles in achieving greatness.
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The Importance of Selflessness

  • Selflessness is an important trait for achieving greatness.
  • Being less selfish allows individuals to focus on their goals and work towards achieving them.
  • Selflessness can also help individuals overcome obstacles and challenges.
  • Selflessness is a powerful tool for achieving success and greatness.
  • Teddy learned the importance of selflessness from his father, who never talked but taught him valuable lessons.
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The Role of Regret in Greatness

  • Regret can be a powerful force, driving individuals to work harder and strive for greatness.
  • Regret can also be a hindrance, preventing individuals from achieving their full potential.
  • Regret can be a driving force behind greatness, pushing individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
  • Regret can also be a hindrance, preventing individuals from taking risks and pursuing their dreams.
  • Teddy learned the importance of avoiding regret and striving for greatness from his mentor, Cus D'Amato.
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The Importance of Loyalty

  • Loyalty is the lifeblood of humanity.
  • It is what goes through the veins of everything and keeps it alive.
  • Without loyalty, there is no humanity, and nothing to give it meaning.
  • Loyalty is hard to be, but it is necessary.
  • Being loyal means being in danger, but it is worth it.
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The Pain of Loyalty

  • Being loyal can be painful.
  • It can lead to hurt and danger.
  • It can be difficult to hold on to loyalty.
  • It can be hard to be loyal when the person you committed your loyalty to does something in your life.
  • It can be hard to be loyal when the person you committed your loyalty to is not trustworthy.
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The Story of Loyalty

  • The speaker trained young Mike Tyson.
  • The interaction between the three of them led to their parting ways.
  • The speaker values loyalty highly.
  • The speaker feels pain from the experience of losing loyalty.
  • The speaker wants to tell the full story of what led up to the parting of ways.
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The Role of Convenience in Betrayal

  • Convenience is a boogey man word that attaches to things that give you pain in life.
  • People disappoint you not because they want to disappoint you or let you down, but because it is more convenient to do so.
  • The speaker once tried to rationalize something by making an excuse for it.
  • An old man once told the speaker that there is no such thing as being a little pregnant.
  • The speaker values loyalty and believes it is what goes through the veins of humanity.
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The Relationship between Loyalty and Betrayal

  • Loyalty is hard to be, but it is necessary.
  • Being loyal means being in danger, but it is worth it.
  • The speaker feels pain from the experience of losing loyalty.
  • People disappoint you not because they want to disappoint you or let you down, but because it is more convenient to do so.
  • The speaker values loyalty and believes it is what goes through the veins of humanity.
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Betrayal

  • The speaker felt betrayed for the first time when he was 17 and got arrested.
  • He was with a group of tough guys and the detective separated them, asking him about the details of the crime.
  • The speaker felt very betrayed, especially when he was in Rikers prison.
  • He made a deal with God, wishing to be on a plane that would crash so he could take a shot at life.
  • The speaker didn't understand what "proud" meant, but he knew that rules were rules and loyalty was important.
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Partnership

  • The speaker and Cus D'Amato were partners in boxing, with the speaker wanting to turn pro and fight.
  • Cus had a different plan, believing that the speaker couldn't become a champion if he didn't become a better person first.
  • Cus saw the speaker as the air to his throne, someone to continue his legacy and pass on his knowledge.
  • The speaker was afraid to leave Cus and commit to a different path, knowing that loyalty was important.
  • Cus saw the speaker as the seed to plant for more things to grow, and he didn't want it to die.
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Training

  • The speaker started training fighters and won the gloves, despite having an injury.
  • He still wanted to fight and turn pro, but Cus had a different plan.
  • Cus believed that being a champion required being smart, having character, and being a better person.
  • The speaker was loyal to Cus and didn't want to leave him, even if it meant missing out on other opportunities.
  • Cus saw the speaker as someone who could teach and pass on his knowledge.
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Loyalty

  • The speaker felt very betrayed when he was arrested and in Rikers prison.
  • He made a deal with God, wishing to be on a plane that would crash so he could take a shot at life.
  • The speaker didn't understand what "proud" meant, but he knew that rules were rules and loyalty was important.
  • Cus saw the speaker as the air to his throne, someone to continue his legacy and pass on his knowledge.
  • The speaker was afraid to leave Cus and commit to a different path, knowing that loyalty was important.
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Legacy

  • Cus saw the speaker as the seed to plant for more things to grow, and he didn't want it to die.
  • The speaker was loyal to Cus and didn't want to leave him, even if it meant missing out on other opportunities.
  • Cus believed that being a champion required being smart, having character, and being a better person.
  • The speaker still wanted to fight and turn pro, even though Cus had a different plan.
  • Cus saw the speaker as someone who could teach and pass on his knowledge.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas was a legendary boxing trainer who worked with Cus D'Amato, a former boxing champion and his mentor.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, betrayal, fear, and greatness.
  • D'Amato was instrumental in Atlas's success as a trainer, and Atlas learned valuable lessons from his experiences with D'Amato.
  • Their relationship was complex and human, with both men learning from each other and growing as individuals.
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The Relationship between Teddy Atlas and Mike Tyson

  • Teddy Atlas was the trainer of Mike Tyson, a young boxing prodigy.
  • Atlas recognized Tyson's potential and took him under his wing, teaching him the fundamentals of boxing.
  • Tyson was a physical specimen, with a weight of 190 pounds at the age of 12.
  • Atlas put Tyson in the ring with other fighters to test his abilities and help him grow as a boxer.
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The Role of Loyalty in Boxing

  • Loyalty is an important aspect of boxing, as trainers and fighters rely on each other for support and guidance.
  • Atlas was loyal to D'Amato and Tyson, and in turn, they were loyal to him.
  • Loyalty can be tested in boxing, as trainers and fighters may have to make difficult decisions that put their loyalty to the test.
  • Ultimately, loyalty is what helps trainers and fighters succeed in the ring and in life.
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The Role of Fear in Boxing

  • Fear is a powerful force in boxing, as it can motivate fighters to push themselves to their limits.
  • Atlas used fear to motivate Tyson, encouraging him to be fierce and tough in the ring.
  • Fear can also be used as a tool for manipulation, as trainers and fighters may use it to control their opponents.
  • Ultimately, fear is a double-edged sword in boxing, as it can be both a motivator and a hindrance.
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Training Young Boxers

  • Teddy Atlas, a legendary boxing trainer, discusses his experience training young boxers.
  • He explains that he usually trains a fighter for 4-6 months before putting them in the ring to take on real live opponents.
  • He also discusses the importance of teaching a fighter first before putting them in the ring.
  • He mentions that he once trained a fighter named Mike Tyson, who was only in the ring for two rounds before being taken out.
  • He explains that he knew after that day that Tyson would never be in the ring again if he continued to train him.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

Teaching Fighters

  • Teddy Atlas discusses the importance of teaching fighters before putting them in the ring.
  • He explains that he teaches fighters everything they need to know, including speed, power, and athleticism.
  • He also discusses the importance of being responsible as a trainer and not putting a fighter in the ring until they are ready.
  • He mentions that he once trained a fighter named Mike Tyson, who was only in the ring for two rounds before being taken out.
  • He explains that he knew after that day that Tyson would never be in the ring again if he continued to train him.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

Testing Trainers

  • Teddy Atlas discusses the importance of testing trainers.
  • He explains that he once trained a fighter named Mike Tyson, who was only in the ring for two rounds before being taken out.
  • He mentions that he knew after that day that Tyson would never be in the ring again if he continued to train him.
  • He explains that he knew what he needed to say to Tyson after that day, and that he saw what he needed to see.
  • He mentions that he once trained a fighter named Cus D'Amato, who was known for testing trainers.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

Loyalty and Betrayal

  • Teddy Atlas discusses the importance of loyalty and betrayal in boxing.
  • He explains that he once trained a fighter named Mike Tyson, who was only in the ring for two rounds before being taken out.
  • He mentions that he knew after that day that Tyson would never be in the ring again if he continued to train him.
  • He explains that he knew what he needed to say to Tyson after that day, and that he saw what he needed to see.
  • He mentions that he once trained a fighter named Cus D'Amato, who was known for testing trainers.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

Fear and Greatness

  • Teddy Atlas discusses the importance of fear and greatness in boxing.
  • He explains that he once trained a fighter named Mike Tyson, who was only in the ring for two rounds before being taken out.
  • He mentions that he knew after that day that Tyson would never be in the ring again if he continued to train him.
  • He explains that he knew what he needed to say to Tyson after that day, and that he saw what he needed to see.
  • He mentions that he once trained a fighter named Cus D'Amato, who was known for testing trainers.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

The Relationship Between Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato

  • Teddy Atlas and Cus D'Amato were a legendary boxing trainer and mentor team.
  • They worked with young boxing prodigy Mike Tyson, teaching him to be a fighter and ready to persevere.
  • Their relationship was built on loyalty, fear, and greatness, as they pushed Tyson to be the best he could be.
  • Atlas and D'Amato taught Tyson to make him a fighter that didn't get bloody noses, hit, or coerced to get there.
  • Their work together helped Tyson become the first heavyweight champion of the world.
Teddy Atlas: Mike Tyson, Cus D

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