How Teddy Atlas Got That Gnarly Scar On His Face

Doctor Theodore A. Atlas, more commonly known as Teddy Atlas, is one of boxing’s most well-known personalities. He is outspoken, opinionated, and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Much like many boxing stars, Atlas had a rough upbringing…

Teddy Atlas’ brash and forceful insistence to be brutally honest about the fights he calls as a commentator has made him somewhat of a legend. Apart from with the ESPN brass, who parted ways with Atlas in 2017 after his criticism of the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao scorecards.

Atlas was on the boxing scene long before the contemporary era of the sport. Back in the 1980’s, after quitting boxing himself due to a back injury, Atlas, along with Cus D’Amato, helped create the storm that was Mike Tyson.

Atlas’ in-depth knowledge of the sport came from D’Amato, as well as an amateur career that saw him win the Adirondack Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Championship in 1976.

Atlas is far more than another bellicose boxing commentator and renowned trainer, though. His story is quite interesting. Including how Teddy Atlas scar came to be.

Teddy Atlas was furious about the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez

Teddy Atlas Scar Story

The story of how Teddy Atlas got that gory looking scar on his face is quite the tale. Atlas, much like his later protege Mike Tyson, Atlas had a misspent and troubled youth. A youth that saw Teddy getting into some street fights.

One particular street fight saw Atlas slashed with a blade, a wound that required 400 stitches to close. As per his Wikipedia page:

He participated in an armed robbery and served time on Rikers Island. Atlas was involved in a street fight in Stapleton, Staten Island, in which his face was severely slashed with a “007” flick knife. The wound took 400 stitches in total to close, with 200 on the outside of his face and 200 on the inside. The attack left him with a distinctive scar.

Teddy Atlas discusses his youth below…

Teddy Atlas is well known for his inspirational corner speeches used to motivate his fighters

As per The Telegraph:

“My attitude wasn’t right. I got into a fight and it should have been fists. I was fighting more than one person. But one of them decided to pull a knife and cut me. Later on I realised that everybody is scared. Even if you have an advantage, you’re still touched by that fear. It’s just a matter of what your choices are in terms of how you handle that fear.”

“I wanted to put myself in dangerous positions and I finally realised it was to get my father’s attention. The ones who got all my father’s attention were his patients. They were the ones who were sick and had problems. I was a kid that had everything you could ask for except the attention of my father. So what did I do? I made myself sick. I made myself damaged.”

In 1997, Atlas opened the Theodore Atlas Foundation, awarding scholarships and grants to people and organizations in need. Quite the story, quite the man.

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