Teddy Atlas Details Why He Was Going To Murder A Teenage Mike Tyson

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In the ABC documentary Mike Tyson: The Knockout, former boxing trainer Teddy Atlas, who once needed 400 stitches to close up his face after a Staten Island street fight where he was cut with a knife, details how he was ready to murder Tyson for what the boxer, then 15, did to Atlas’ sister-in-law.

Atlas, an assistant trainer under legendary Tyson head trainer Cus D’Amato, claims 15-year-old Tyson inappropriately touched his sister-in-law and nearly sent Atlas over the edge. “I knew what I was prepared to do. I was going to kill him if I had to… He saw me coming. I just called him a piece of crap,” Atlas said in the documentary. “And I put the gun to his head and I told him that he will never go near anybody in my family again. And I said, ‘You understand?’

Teddy claims the teenaged Tyson smirked.

“I saw that and I stuck the gun in his ear. I started to pull the trigger and at the last second, I pulled it out of his ear. And I fired the gun then he fell on the floor grabbing his ear.”

In his autobiography Undisputed Truth, Tyson told his side of the story.

“I was just playing around and I grabbed her butt and I shouldn’t have,” Tyson said. “It was just a stupid thing to do. I didn’t think it through… As soon as I did it, I immediately regretted it.”

Atlas was soon out of the Catskill Boxing Club where Tyson was training, and his career with D’Amato was over. However, even after the gun incident with Tyson, Atlas would continue to speak highly of the fighter over the years.

“As far as most pure, God-given talent, raw, from the earliest stage that you saw, it would have to be a 12-year-old Tyson, who was 190 pounds but no fat,” Teddy once told Ring TV. “He had to impress me and Cus; he had to box his first day with a 27-year-old man who was a professional fighter and he was able to do that.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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