Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins are respected as the most successful boxers in our generation, and in an upcoming documentary directed by Bert Marcus, they show us the bottoms they started from. The boxers take us back to the cities that damned near broke them, and the sport that provided them with a way out. Marcus made an interesting choice with his line up of stars to make appearances as speakers. Among those cast are Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, 50 Cent and even Mary J. Blige.
Champs will certainly have its audience, from boxing fanatics to sociology majors. The film was released as a feature at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and will see a release in select markets on March 13th. The festival’s website describes the movie as “gripping footage from their biggest bouts” to make the American dream a reality in a country where there’s an increasing gap between the rich and those who struggle. Bert Marcus illustrates the three men’s stories as a commentary on the biggest domestic issues facing our country. The fighters uncover their past struggles with poverty, racial inequality, broken homes, substance abuse, and the streets. and their introduction to boxing. We’ll see how the love of the game took them off the streets and gave them a second chance, just as it does for many inner city kids.
That doesn’t mean the whole film is about their past, but also reveals aspects of their lives in, outside, and retirement from the ring. Champs is definitely for boxing fanatics, sociology majors, and those who love a good documentary. It hits select theaters on March 13.