The story goes… 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 reenactments, classic fight footage, and candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Mark Wahlberg, and others.
The documentary 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.
Directed by Bert Marcus, the “Champs” will be released in theaters and on iTunes simultaneously, starting on March 13th, 2015 via Amplify and STARZ Digital.
Check out the trailer below: