Muhammad Ali believed him to be the devil and to Mike Tyson he was God. Somewhere in the middle lies the new video book series “Non-compromised Pendulum”, which takes a relentless peek into the scientific world of Cus D'Amato and the Peek-A-Boo style he made famous. But after taking an unbiased peek into his nature for balance I needed a standing eight count. Well, maybe two.
“The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs.”
“Perfect,” I said. A portrait of anyone, in a way so true, can be framed forever. And because time is something we are both gifted and cursed with, the picture will tend to be more honest or deceptive the older it gets. I hadn't thought of Cus in more than a year until I received a tweet from her. A friend, an artist in Santa Monica last summer, revealed a picture and a few stories with a young future heavyweight champion in the Catskills of New York. Only the rare few go there, as a young Jared Kushner would also spend time in those scenic mountains. Reliving those moments helped to inspire a feature written last year entitled “Mike Tyson Was NOT That Good”, something I didn't particularly enjoy writing but felt a journalistic responsibility to pen. This feels the same way in a darker sense. As if a scale that knows it's unbalanced yet bears the weight of all that has to be, Cus D'Amato created Mike Tyson to be a villainous answer to Muhammad Ali's hero and a cult of personality for the black male of Generation X. If we're to assume D'Amato's feelings about a hero and a coward are true, then would this not mean he would've loved Ali and hated Tyson?
Automatically I'm presented a dichotomy, or, a pendulum of two different kinds whereby the other is a conundrum. The wildly insecure, violent and emotionally unstable teen who thought of Tyson as a deity (and thus, D'Amato by default) is now a man of penitence who openly renounces all he stood for. At once he spoke to my rage; listening to my conscience, somehow, while allowing my demons to send angels in a search to find myself through glory in this world. A White Man's world. So then, what to objectively make of this exhaustive work some 20 years in the making?
Non-Compromised Pendulum, in review
The sweet behind the science… if only just be Cus. That's how “Non-Compromised Pendulum” resonates; essentially an elaborate psychological course in all things Cus D'Amato, who applied political science to the fight game as if Constantine reborn and the philosophical Pope to young fighters who worshiped him. If the title ever becomes incongruous to its meaning, it will only be due to a hidden Maxentius, or a desire to camoflauge a routine only Lucifer could love. Anyone who truly examines this astonishingly comprehensive work, chapter by chapter, will be able to laud project creators Tom Patti and Ph.D Oleg Maltsev for the scientific schematics derived from D'Amato's mind as it relates to the fighter, in any walk of life, to navigate a path to victory no matter the seas. Only in the end, since science cannot account for natural law, we'll never know why Mike Tyson, his greatest achievement, sank like the Titantic. With decades of comparison, we can gain a true understanding of D'Amato's [vision of now] over the course of his life. It's doubtful boxing will ever know just how influential Cus D'Amato was far beyond Tyson, from the 1930's until this very day. Men like former Tyson advisor Shelly Finkel, who is now linked to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, is an example of a D'Amato tree that always sees the forest first. Cus is probably someone Bob Arum came to for advice and strategy. In fact, no one in sports history really compares to the complexity of his mind, in relation to an esoterically dimensional approach to a sport other than Bill Belichick. That makes “Non-Compromised Pendulum” the playbook we never saw through the eyes of a spying scholar.
The New England Patriots head coach constantly utters the slogan “Do your Job”, which is something many journalists find difficult to do with requisite integrity– and courage. Much was done in this work to educate an individual on the science of things from the mind of Cus as it relates to life, in a way that almost feels like an indoctrination. What's more, is that the pendulum fails to swing in balance of what's in a person's innovative and instinctive nature. It exalts Cus as if a patriarchal Christ figure of scientific imagination, but seems to solar eclipse the natural intelligence derived from Mary. Of the two, which one can be sustained without the other? And if ever science interferes with nature, is this not the definition of Sin? A wise man once said that an error is not a mistake unless there's a refusal to correct it; to produce the phenomenon that was Tyson, D'Amato would've needed to physically and mentally expound on the kind of sinister qualities embedded in Mike's character that once made Teddy Atlas want to blow his fucking head off. What started this particular discourse was this comment from primary author and Ph.D Oleg Maltsev:
“It should be pointed out that there were several noteworthy books written about D’Amato in the last decade (Confusing the Enemy – Dr. Scott Weiss, Iron Ambition – Larry Sloman, Mike Tyson). However, until today there was no book that would explain a step by step approach of Cus and methodology of how to nurture world champions in and out of the ring.”
THE DARKSIDE OF THE PENDULUM
“The darkside of the force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
—Senator Palpatine, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Taking nothing away from Jose Torres and Floyd Patterson (the other world champions D'Amato is officially credited for making), but D'Amato is most famous for producing his greatest work: “Iron” Mike Tyson. And if he showed “how to nurture” Tyson, both “in and out of the ring”, then the scientific results show something that should live in infamy if not augmented by natural tendency and desire. We do not have an instance of personal success on the world stage of such a pairing unless we're talking fiat economics and titles that honor men. Mike Tyson was, in my opinion, a product of a corrupted nature deliberately exacerbated by a manifestation of hate that posed as love. Never was he a properly balanced champion that could in any way be regarded as a role model, yet, he is considered D'Amato's greatest work. Confused? Perhaps that was the intent. In fact, with historical perspective, D'Amato and Tyson now look a lot like The Emperor and Darth Vader; a duplicitous Senator Palpatine merely posing as benevolent, who assumes the role of surrogate father after taking Anakin from his nondescript mother Shmi. Similarly, nothing is ever truly made of Camille Ewald, the life partner of Cus whose sister married his brother. The two were never married nor romantically linked. It is doubtful anyone ever really knew the actual nature of D'Amato, a wild medley of Aleister Crowley and Dr. Phil, for that would almost seem to give something away.
WHO WAS CUS D'AMATO?
Cus D'Amato was a masterful, enigmatic, futuristic reverse psychologist and philosophical genius of world leader proportion. To the extent that, he'd not only be welcome at the table of Sun Tzu, but he'd most likely insist on revising the “Art of War” until he did it. A truly rare mind like D'Amato could've been a real life iteration of Keiser Soze from “The Usual Suspects”, which masterfully veils and unveils an Anti-Christ really named Khazar Susej, or a hidden Khazarian version of Jesus emanating from the Caucasus region where Ukraine sits today.
D'Amato was obsessed with the heavyweight championship of the world and was linked to it throughout his life. In his mind, that man should represent the epitome of Man as perceived by the public; a feared pillar of strength and a shaper of minds– even if this had to be contrived again and again. An admirer of Mao Tse Tung who at once had aspirations of becoming of Catholic priest, D'Amato held visionary court with Kings and Queens and the most respected minds of industry. Therefore, it is difficult to envision a scenario where D'Amato doesn't know he's creating an absolute monster in Tyson with false courage, as if Dr. Strange not realizing what he's doing to a burgeoning Incredible Hulk in the Catskills. Of course he does. And as was the case with the fictional envy green Hulk, he knew that the fear artificially powering Tyson would eventually dissipate and leave “The Baddest Man on The Planet” (along with so many millions he influenced) in public ruins, well after he was gone, with a very convenient black on black criminal in Don King to shoulder any blame financed by the prodigious little white lies of Donald Trump in the 1970's and 1980's.
It was D'Amato who was largely responsible for Ali's greatest rival, Joe Frazier, who also quietly benefited from the Peek-A-Boo style along with Rocky Marciano (Cus tweaked the style into devastating effect with Tyson). That just may have been enough for boxing's Socrates, Larry Merchant, to invest in Frazier. There's probably no such thing as HBO Boxing without Cus D'Amato. The white good cop of Bob Arum vs. the bad black cop of Don King was also created by D'Amato, continuing to this very day in the form of Al Haymon, who was created to be a modern Don King for Floyd Mayweather and the “Money” machine of hate. Both Tyson and Mayweather have served as historically massive urban colonizers (via mainstream media) and personality cults with dark misogynistic undertones.
Born January 17, 1908, Cus was all of 22 years old in 1930 when he bought the Empire Sporting Club with Jack Barrow during the Great Depression. I should remind you that the great Joe Louis was really Joe Louis Barrow, and that Cus, very quietly, was in control of Louis. The great rival of the American “hero” Joe Louis was a “coward” named German Max Schmeling, who just happened to be managed by the repugnant mobster and close D'Amato ally Joe “Yussel The Muscle” Jacobs, much to the chagrin of Adolf Hitler. Think the first fight between Louis and Schmeling was fixed? I do. Years later, Cus would play a significant role in the career of Rocky Marciano, and actually tried to make a young Jim Jacobs (who was a handball champion) the light heavyweight champion in his very first fight – ever – against Archie Moore. Years later, that same Jacobs, who was nurtured by Cus, went on to develop a very close bond with Mike Tyson as co-manager along with Bill Cayton. But getting back to the “Brown Bomber”…
Louis became a false anti-Nazi war hero after destroying Schmeling in the rematch, and did exactly as he was told by Cus and the U.S. government for years as heavyweight champion, serving the military industrial complex and promoting war in a way not unlike Captain America, even though America considered him a nigger. But he was, of course, a “hero” to the easily influential blacks who would follow suit and emulate his way. This made Louis the absolute antithesis of his defiant predecessor and fellow negro Jack Johnson, the “villain” in white circles (and since a spade is a spade, Donald Trump deserves major credit for pardoning Johnson for the racist Mann Act, something Barack Obama, shamefully, did not do) who will never be confused with cowardice in the annals of history.
Louis was, for all intents and purposes, the first heavyweight champion of Cus D'Amato; which technically makes Louis the very first case study of D'Amato's applied science to life. Before he died penniless, Louis was horribly exploited in Las Vegas as a broken down greeter missing only a Styrofoam cup with “Help” written on it. It should be noted that Muhammad Ali famously resented and despised Joe Louis years before that (as did Jack Johnson), considering Louis an “Uncle Tom”, a de facto colonizer of his own people and a coward for not refusing military induction. Ali knew very well who Cus D'Amato was when confronted by the “boxing scholar” prior to his 1970 return and tune-up before facing Joe Frazier. It makes sense that D'Amato despised and resented Ali, who had tortured and humiliated his Floyd Patterson and wanted revenge. Few in boxing history know that the D'Amato we see in classic footage with Ali was conducting a psychological profile and grooming Frazier for victory against “The Greatest” in their “Fight of The Century”. You do know that Ali considered Frazier an “Uncle Tom” and a “gorilla”. Privately, its been long rumored in closed circles that it was Frazier's connection to D'Amato that Ali deeply resented.
ALI VS D'AMATO
D'Amato's obsession to defeat the rarest man of bravery Black America will ever know; a man who embarrassed the U.S. government and refused to fold when things got really foldable (Ali was often absolutely penniless during his forced exile from 1967 to 1970); a man who called Malcolm X a friend and who famously declared, “Ain't no Vietcong ever call me a nigger”… was palpable.
Ali was not only genuinely loved and an incredibly galvanizing “hero” to blacks, but while he was unifying the heavyweight championship he was uniting people of the world– regardless of color, to this day, by simply being himself. To the establishment, this was dangerously revolutionary. Unable to be psychologically broken, Ali would go on to face the most difficult era of heavyweights in history and wouldn't allow Parkinson's Disease to rob him of courage. After discovering Tyson, D'Amato knew that the world would hate Larry Holmes for what he did to Muhammad Ali, and never lived to see the love bestowed on hate in the form of his very own Darth Vader. When you can, compare footage of a destitute but confident Ali with Cus to reels of film with Tyson, and you'll see the difference between a black sheep and a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trust in you.
“Who needs a hero? You need a hero look in the mirror, there goes your hero.”