Spanish roots of Cus D’Amato’s style explored for new book

It is believed that the legendary coach, who nurtured three world champions and the one who has lived his entire adult life in the US has South-Italian roots.

However, until 2017, no one was able to explain how Cus D’Amato led to the championship Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres and Mike Tyson. In November 2017 the book “Non-compromised pendulum” saw the light, in which the style of Cus D’Amato is comprehensively described scientifically for the first time ever.

Besides, the authors of the book Ph.D. Oleg Maltsev and Tom Patti (the student of Cus D’Amato) decided to make a gift to all fans of boxing and made the book for public domain. At the same time during this book was being written, scientist Oleg Maltsev put forward one more question for an investigation: “What is the origin of Cus D’Amato’s style and can it be that he has a direct relation to the Neapolitan style of Spanish fencing?”. That what stands behind an idea to organize scientific expedition to the homeland of Cus D’Amato.

Looking ahead, we say that the study of the origins of Cus D’Amato’s style formed the basis of the second book about the master, which is going to be released in 2018 under the title ” Lighting rod that strikes faster than lightning itself.” Author of the book Ph.D. Oleg Maltsev promises that this book will also in public domain.

During the first part of the scientific expedition unique artifacts and documents were obtained from the state archives of Bari, which directly indicate that Cus D’Amato maternally is directly related to the Spanish Chivalric Order, as well as a direct descendant of Rosato line – the second line of the Neapolitan Style of Spanish fencing, which started from maestro Francesco Villardito.

The Expeditionary Corps of Ph.D. Oleg Maltsev and Actionx company in Toritto went in search. This was the exact city of the Bari province where the line of D’Amato lived before migration to the United States in 1899. Particular attention deserves the coat of arms and chivalric symbols which are depicted in a Spanish castle of the 14th century on the Via Via Pascione street where D’Amato lived.

Until the middle of the 19th century the Via Paсcione Street was called the Temple Street where lived the families with a direct relation to the Spanish Chivalric Order. The data obtained in the state archives of Bari confirms the heraldic examination of the coat of arms and give the names of the Spanish castle owners: Giuseppe Francesco-Saverio and Filippo Francesco-Saverio.

Based upon the documents these brothers owned a good half of the Toritto city. In fact, the city of Toritto is the abode of Spanish knights who upon their return from the Crusades continued serving the Spanish crown. Another feature of this Spanish order is the closed circuit system, all members of the order were related to each other by blood ties. Thus, the knowledge of the order never went beyond the families that are in the order.


The conclusion about the Spanish origin of Cus D’Amato is consistent as well with the data provided by the maestro of Neapolitan Fencing Sergio Potoni during a meeting with Ph.D. Oleg Maltsev. According to maestro the Rosato line deserves a special place in the tree of Neapolitan fencing.

As you remember, name of Cus D’Amato’s mother was Elizabeth Rosato-D’Amato who is a direct descendant of Neapolitan fencing masters such as Dinno Rosato and Vincenzo Rosato. Accordingly, expeditionary team led by Ph.D. Oleg Maltsev completely restored genealogy of Cus D’Amato’s family and his relation to the Neapolitan style of Spanish fencing. It is proven that D’Amato line has Spanish origin, who had migrated to the United States after the creation of modern united Italy in 1861. Certainly, this is only a small part of the conclusions and discoveries made during an expedition to the homeland of Cus D’Amato which are going to be in the book “Lighting rod that strikes faster than lightning itself”.