Recently, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights visited the Capital District in upstate New York for a telecast at the Times Union Center in Albany. Friday Night Fights’ boxing analyst Teddy Atlas and blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore both have ties to the area. 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.
Watch Atlas recall his memories as a trainer at Cus D’Amato’s Catskill Boxing Club and Tessitore recall his memories from the 1980s’ Tyson era on ESPNFrontRow.com.