Directed by Bert Marcus
A documentary about the sport of boxing, as seen through the eyes of champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins.
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★★★★ review by karl on Letterboxd
An interesting insight into the sport of boxing through the eyes of former champions MIKE TYSON EVANDER HOLYFIELD and BERNARD HOPKINS
The documentary portrays the early life of each fighter from a tough background and how they had to fight not just in the ring but society for acceptance.
Coming from a tough background each fighter made their millions but how do you handle from having no social skills and having to join gangs to having millions in the bank
A lot of these boxers simply could not handle the sudden change in circumstances so they literally blow their money.
It is a fascinating documentary of three of the greatest boxers of all time and to some of them boxing is not just a sport its a change of life ..
★★★★ review by KLIM DEMPSEY on Letterboxd
A very powerful boxing documentary, in which true legends of the ring, with a rough background, tell it all, raw and uncensored.
Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson talk about how they got into the place where they are at right now, how the sport helped them and sometimes the opposite of that. The sport isteself is uncovered to be ruthless and mercyless world, full of disapointments.
Many other celebs, such as trainers and actors, such as Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and 50 Cent also share their thoughts. After doing some boxing myself in the past, I began to have a better understanding of this combat sport. All the violence, which takes place in that ring, which provides entertainment for the audience, sometimes leads to health risks, sometimes, even life. Money isn't always at stake, but pride is, and sometimes it's not worth it, but makes those fighters go on. Anyways, it's a very good documentary, in a tradition of other such great boxing documentaries, as "Facing Ali", "Tyson", "Klitschko" and "Manny". It's very interesting. Even those who stay away from boxing, may find it interesting.
★★★★ review by STEPHEN TUBBS on Letterboxd
Produced by Mike Tyson but there is no self glorification. An excellent balance of ring action, the circumstances that lead many to take up the sport in the USA and the after effects of fame and fortune. Alarmingly there is no overall management structure of the sport at the national level nor more importantly any organisation representing the welfare of the fighters.
★★★½ review by Arslan Khan on Letterboxd
A great documentary that goes into the harsh realities and problems with the boxing world. It’s great to see insight from Tyson and Evander.
★★★½ review by sinreglaniborra on Letterboxd
"the sport itself, there's a purity to it. but the business might be the most unsanitized of all businesses".
three completely different histories interlaced brilliantly to form one raw and heartbreaking ode to life of boxing champs past.
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