Creed

I find myself unable to really blurb this film. I mean, yeah, the bare bones of it are an orphan kid tries to find himself through boxing. Gets mentored by his father best friend, Rocky, and because of his father’s famous name gets a shot at the title himself. Only that isn’t really what Creed […]

Real Steel [based on short story]

Set in the not too distant future, Real Steel is all about Robot Boxing. Human boxing just couldn’t live with the public’s demand for yet more violence, and so robots were built to destroy one another. And this high tech violence led to the end of human violence as entertainment, it just wasn’t blood thirsty […]

RTÉ Sports Person of the Year Awards | gaelick

Katie Taylor is undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest sports person ever. She is one of the greatest female boxers in the world.Her father, and coach, Peter Taylor has already expressed his dismay at the lack of coverage her achievements receive. The way she is treated by the State’s national broadcaster is a disgrace.Sort it the fuck out, […]

The Fighter

IMDb ; Metacritic
Micky Ward is the youngest of a large family. All his life he has looked up to his older brother, Dicky, who once knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard in a fight. But Dicky is no longer the “pride of Lowell”, he is now a drug addict who is supposed to be training Micky in his boxing career. He does, however, have the habit of not showing up when he should, and hanging out in crack houses when he should be elsewhere. And now Micky has a chance to make it in the big time, will his family continue to stand in his way?

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Cinderella Man

Crowe as Braddock with kids

  • – Joe Gould

Based on the true story of James J Braddock. A boxing film. Set during the Depression. Consider all of these things and you may be thinking that this is a sentimental boxer-overcoming-hardship film, and, in a way you’d be right. But Cinderella Man is much, much more than that.

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Million Dollar Baby

ISBN: 0099490587
Previously published as: Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner.

Million Dollar Baby - F.X. Toole
I bought this because I saw the film version and wasn’t impressed. I’m not going to go into why I felt it was way over-hyped here, but it did interest me enough to read this book.

And I’m glad I picked it up, because these short stories are a lot better than the film. The author, F.X. Toole, was a cut-man and professional boxing trainer, and so he knew the business. He knew the people and the atmosphere and all of that comes across in the stories. Read more about Million Dollar Baby