Boxing, “the poor man’s sport,” has long given kids from America’s roughest neighborhoods an opportunity to escape violence with violence. But with success in the ring comes new fights for which there is no training: champions are made and broken in the blink of an eye, and young men thrust into the spotlight are often ill-equipped for the fame and fortune that accompany a title belt. Built around the stories of heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins, the boxing documentary, Champs, balances these uncensored recollections with gorgeous reenactments, classic fight footage, and celebrity interviews. This candid documentary examines what it means to pursue the American Dream through boxing by painting a picture of a controversial and unregulated sport in a moment of crisis.
Champs was written and directed by Bert Marcus and features Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, 50 Cent, Spike Lee, Mary J. Blige, and many more
Champs opens in theaters and on demand on Friday March 13th
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