Cus D'Amato

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Cus D'Amato training with Mike Tyson
Class of 1995
Non-Participant Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee


Career Review

  • D'Amato reportedly had one amateur fight in which he lost.
  • Constantine (Cus) D'Amato was born ?, and died in 1985.
  • Appeared in the movie AKA Cassius Clay.
  • Trained three world champions: heavyweights Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson, and lightheavyweight Jose Torres.
  • Invented the "Peek-a-Boo" defense, made famous by Floyd Patterson, and later used by every D'Amato fighter.
  • Schooled Teddy Atlas in the art of training.
  • Secretly trained hand-ball champion Jim Jacobs for one year, in hopes of Jacobs fighting world lightheavyweight champion Archie Moore; the fight never took place.
  • Reportedly attempted to train basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain for a professional boxing career, but Chamberlain never did become a professional boxer.

Fighters Trained