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Boxing still rules the movies and TV

There’s not always a lot of cool stuff going on in boxing – there was an Amir Khan fight last month and I guess and you can get boxing predictions in BetUS. This is the standard – there are some pretty big gaps between interesting fights. Fortunately for ye poor fans of the sweet science, there’s one place that boxing still outshines MMA, and that’s in Hollywood.

There’s The Fighter, a movie based on the life of Mickey Ward which is going to go head to head against vagina-munching ballerina tale Black Swan at this year’s Oscars. And then there’s Lights Out, a new show on FX that debuts next Tuesday. Wladimir Klitschko, Joe Frazier, and Lennox Lewis all showed up at the premiere screening, and the previews make it look pretty badass. It’s got everything – slick looking camera work, machete wielding Mexicans, and even a quarter second of MMA!

Speaking of MMA, it’s probably going to be a while before we overtake boxing as the combat sport of choice in tinsel town. We’ve got Never Back Down and those awful Hector Echavarria softcore films. The highest profile movie that was sorta about MMA was Redbelt, and it ended up a joke as well. Black marble my ass, David Mamet. Long story short, boxing has a big advantage over us because of it’s history and nostalgia factor – it’s the gramophone of combat sports. Doesn’t work very well and no one actually wants one. But it sure looks good in movies and TV shows.

  • scissors61

    Christian Bale was fucking great as Dicky Eklund in “The Fighter” and it was extremely well-directed…but how the FUCK do you make a movie about Micky Ward and not have Thunder Gatti (may he rest in peace) in the storyline? He was literally mentioned once in the entire film.

  • Reverend Clint

    i wanna watch the Tito Story… who plays him?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Stephen Baldwin

  • CRM_Stephen

    The Fighter was really good.

    Never Back Down was solid while it looked like it was going to be awful.

  • agentsmith

    ^^ Except that it was the exact same plot as “Karate Kid”.

  • iamphoenix

    and it sucked.

  • Catfish

    The Fighter really isn’t about boxing the same way Rocky, Cinderella Man, and Million Dollar Baby weren’t about boxing. All three use boxing as a platform because it serves as a cheap, ready-made metaphor for struggle and the dynamic human spirit blah blah blah. The Wrestler was the same way.
    At this point, Nogueira is the only true MMA legend–certainly the only person in the sport whose story is worth telling. I think it’s only a matter of time with that.

  • iamphoenix

    ^ that’s a movie worth seeing. and the lee murray story.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Bj penn and chael sonnen have way better stories than nog, don’t get me wrong minatauro is a beast but the highs and lows were not super dynamic imo.

    Penn on the other hand is a supremelt talented emotional headcase who perpetually aims himself at greatness despite past failures.

    Chael Sonnens 2010 would make an awesome addition to espn’s 30 for 30 sports documentary series. That man is truly stranger than fiction.

    Lee Murray, Jens Pulver, Anthony Pettis, Mark Kerr have already gotten the documentary treatment . I have yet to see any of them except The Smashing Machine, which was cool but still haunting as fuck at its core.

  • glassjawsh

    @ phoenix – Darren Arronofsky (Pi, Requim for a Dream, The Wrestler) was originally supposed to direct the movie about lee murray. once he pulled out to do some shit Angelina Jolie vehicle i completely lost interest

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Don’t agree. I was watching that film RED with Bruce Willis and the fight scenes had judo throws, wrestling drops, and arm bars.

    If you want fighting to look real in a movie they look to MMA.

    You don’t see guys just throwing punches in action films like Indiana Jones throwing a right cross.