Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
There are several moments in this trailer for Champs, a film which documents the highs and many lows of boxing, which should get anyone’s attention. Even those who aren’t boxing fans tend to have an opinion on the sport and the business behind it, and hearing something like 50 Cent saying the sport is one where “some of the toughest mothers in the world are letting guys who couldn’t make it take advantage of them” will probably reinforce some conceptions of the business. Here, boxers like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins speak up, and celebrity commentators such asMark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee add their own views on the sport.
Check out the Champs trailer below.
Champs will be in theaters and on iTunes on March 31. Trailer via Apple.
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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, CHAMPS balances these uncensored recollections with gorgeous reenactments, classic fight footage, and candid interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent. More than just a sports documentary, CHAMPS examines what it means to pursue the American Dream through boxing, painting a picture of a controversial and unregulated sport in a moment of crisis.