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D’Amato’s system, legacy get new life in print

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    Tom Patti demonstrates technique during the research of the book.
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    A general photo of a draft of “Non-compromised Pendulum”.
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    Authors Tom Patti (left) and Oleg Maltsev.
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    Tom Patti hit a heavy bag.
September 27, 2018 09:00 pm

The teachings and philosophies of legendary boxing coach Cus D’Amato live on in Catskill, and now they live on in print.

The book “Non-compromised Pendulum” was released recently free for public domain.

Written by D’Amato mentee Tom Patti and Ukrainian scientist and researcher Oleg Maltsev, the book goes in depth on D’Amato’s system of fighting and the mental approach of a boxer.

According to a release, the book is a reference piece about Cus D’Amato’s system, which incorporates psychology, philosophy, as well as the description of technical elements.

“Secretive though these training methods were to the outside world, I feel it is now important to give back to the sweet science of fighting. An everlasting gift of knowledge provided to you all through me, from Cus D’Amato,” Patti said.

Maltsev spent more than 20 years doing research for the book, all while being the head of three research institutes.

“It is not possible to convey Cus’ methodology in the frameworks of a single book; I think that an encyclopedia with several volumes would be required,” Maltsev said. “I will probably write several more books to assemble materials I have gathered in 20 years and materials of mutual work done with people in the US, who knew Cus well and worked with him for many years.”

There have been other books written about Cus D’Amato, including “Confusing the Enemy” by Dr. Scott Weiss, but this one also focuses on how to nurture world champions in and out of the ring.

Maltsev also spent time with Dr. Weiss in preparing to write the book.

“After our mutual work in New York with Tom Patti and Dr. Scott Weiss, I have made a list of chapter titles that seemed to represent Cus’ system as precisely as possible, and coordinated that list with Tom,” Maltsev said.

“It is my complete pleasure and thrill to share this important information with Oleg Maltsev — a master, student and teacher of everything related to combat and the advanced skills of dominance which is what fighting is all about,” Patti stated. “As this relates to boxing, Cus would say ‘The object of boxing is to hit and not get hit, but to do it in a manner that excites the crowd, nobody wants to pay to watch a boring fighter, we must excite the crowd!’”

D’Amato trained three world champions in Mike Tyson, Jose Torres and Floyd Patterson, along with hundreds of other professionals and future trainers such as Teddy Atlas.

The book has already received rave reviews from people in the boxing world.

“Mesmerizing! A book that transcends sports. A fascinating journey that takes the reader from the physical to the metaphysical — and beyond,” Steve Lott, founder and CEO of the Boxing Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, said.

The book is not a commercial project; it is published for free and can be found at