Teddy Atlas, ESPN boxing analyst and former boxing trainer: What would you have done – as a trainer in the corner – if your fighter had said “no mas”?
I would have said, you better think about what this is going to mean tomorrow. This thing you have to deal with for a few more minutes is going to be gone just like a puddle in the summer, it’s going to be gone in the air. What’s not going to be gone is what you did here. If you quit, that’s going to be with you forever. You better think about it before you put yourself in a position that you’re going to have to live with for the rest of your life.
Nigel Collins, ESPN boxing analyst, former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine: What do you think that fight did to Duran’s legacy?
Most of Duran’s die-hard fans forgave him, but history will not. It’s the sort of stain than can never be washed away. Even so, I had no qualms about voting for him the year he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. One moment of weakness can’t erase all his accomplishments.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series continues tonight with No Más (ESPN, 8 ET), Eric Drath’s documentary that chronicles the rivalry of boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran while looking for answers to Duran’s stunning decision to quit in the middle of a championship fight.
Leonard spoke to Front Row about No Más and shares his thoughts on singer/actor Usher playing him in an upcoming big-screen biopic of Duran.
In No Más you are finally able to confront Duran and ask him questions that have been bothering you for years. Do you feel like you got the answers you were looking for?continue reading…
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights adds another chapter to Chicago’s rich boxing history with a show tonight at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
In the first major pro boxing card at a Chicago ballpark in more than 50 years, hometown favorite, light heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara meets Gabriel Campillo in the FNF main event (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes+). (For those who are curious, on Sept. 25, 1962 at old Comiskey Park, heavyweight Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson.)
Front Row asked Matt Sandulli, senior coordinating producer at ESPN, about showcasing FNF in a unique venue for boxing.
What’s different about producing an arena boxing show versus outdoors at a stadium? continue reading…
Todd Grisham (L) and Teddy Atlas on location during ESPN Friday Night Fights. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
After a career in the pro wrestling and boxing business, Todd Grisham will be closer to the action tonight than ever before when he calls his first boxing match alongside ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas in Jacksonville, Fla. (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN). Grisham is filling in for Joe Tessitore who is off this week.
“Todd has established good chemistry with Teddy from the studio, so it made sense to provide him the opportunity to sit next to Teddy and call the fights,” Senior Coordinating Producer Matt Sandulli said. “Also, Todd’s experience includes calling WWE action, which is probably one of broadcasting’s most challenging jobs, so we think boxing will be a little easier compared to that bedlam, and I say that with the utmost respect for the WWE production.” continue reading…
January through August, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights airs from different locations nationwide, highlighting established fighters and rising stars from around the globe.
Recently, ESPN’s boxing showcase visited the Capital District in upstate New York for a telecast at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The boxing scene in upstate New York has a rich history and a passionate fan base.
Friday Night Fights’ boxing analyst Teddy Atlas and blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore are both part of that history.
Atlas was both a fighter and a trainer in Catskill, N.Y. He won the Adirondack Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament in 1976 as a fighter, and he trained fighters like former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson with Cus D’Amato.
Tessitore grew up in upstate N.Y. and worked at WRGB, the CBS affiliate in Albany (read more about Tessitore’s ties to upstate NY from Albany Times Union sports reporter Pete Dougherty here).
Front Row caught up with Tessitore and Atlas in their old stomping grounds. In the video above, you’ll see Atlas recall his memories as a trainer at Cus D’Amato’s Catskill Boxing Club. Tessitore recalls the 1980s’-era Tyson — check out the vintage footage.
This Week on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights:
Former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event June 8 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas.