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“Mike Tyson: The Knockout” offers a ringside seat into the highs and lows of a legendary boxing career. The two-part documentary premieres on ABC on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, but if you miss the live airing, you can catch it on Hulu the following day.
The four-hour documentary chronicles Tyson’s “climb, crash, and comeback,” and details everything from his tough childhood to reaching world champion status. The documentary also covers Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction and personal struggles. Part two of “The Knockout” debuts on ABC on June 1, and will be available to stream on Hulu the next day. Tyson appears in the documentary, along with Rosie Perez, ESPN’s Jeremy Schapp, and Ross Greenburg, former president of HBO Sports.
If you’re not already subscribed to Hulu, it’s one of the more affordable streaming options out there. Monthly packages starting at just $5.99 a month (or $59.99 a year) after a 30-day free trial. If you’re a sports fan, Hulu has a bundle deal which adds ESPN+ and Disney+ to your subscription for $13.99 a month. Another perk to ESPN+: you can stream the entire “30 for 30” series on the platform.
Hulu also offers the option to add other streaming subscriptions — such as HBO Max, Cinemax, and Showtime — to your account so that you can watch everything from one place. Below, check out more sports documentaries that you can stream on Hulu. For more movie recommendations see our list of original shows streaming on Amazon Prime, and Criterion Collection box sets to add to your film collection.
“In Search of Greatness”
What do the greats have in common? This 2018 documentary, helmed by Gabe Polsky, explores the genius of athletic phenoms and unlocks the secret to what makes Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Pelé, and other sports legends excel in their respective fields.
What was meant to be a short film turned into over 250 hours of footage and an Oscar-nominated documentary. “Hoop Dreams” follows the extraordinary story of William Gates and Arther Agee, two Chicago high schoolers with dreams of making it to the NBA. Directed by Steve James, “Hoop Dreams’ debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the second documentary to earn an Oscar nod for Best Film Editing (after “Woodstock”). You’ll need a Cinemax subscription to stream “Hoop Dreams” and if you’re not already signed up try out a free seven-day trial.
Released in 2019, “Diego Maradona” highlights the controversial life of late Argentine soccer star Diego Armando Maradona. The documentary compiles more than 500 hours of previously-unseen footage from his personal archives, interviews with historians and journalists, and archival news footage including video from July 5, 1984, when Maradona was officially presented to the world as a Napoli player. The legendary footballer passed away from a heart attack in 2020. “Diego Maradona” is streaming on HBO Max, and if you have a subscription add-on you can also stream it on Hulu.
“When We Were Kings”
Muhammad Ali’s infamous “Rumble in the Jungle” is the focus of “When We Were Kings,” the captivating 1996 documentary directed by Leon Gast. The documentary shows footage leading up to Ali’s 1974 heavyweight boxing against George Foreman, which was held in Zimbabwe. Apart from proving Ali to be a global superhero-like figure, the 88 minute documentary explores the relationship between Black Americans and Africans. “When We Were Kings” is streaming on Hulu with a Showtime add on. If you don’t have Showtime, the network is currently offering a free seven-day trial.