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Tribeca Review: Boxing Documentary 'Champs' Brings The American Dream Ringside

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 3:36 PM
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For the most part, the genre of boxing documentaries has largely focused on the big fights and the pugilists with the most personality, and you could be forgiven for making a similar assumption about "Champs" on first glance. Legendary boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins take center stage in the film, but the story being told isn't one you're likely expecting. Joining the boxers are sports writers, professors, trainers and more, for a look at the sport through a sociological lens, one that sees the pursuit of boxing as the journey to the American Dream, and everything good and bad that comes with a system both inside and outside the ring, that is far from perfect. Less about what it takes to win a title belt, "Champs" examines what it means to be a man, in a sport that often views the competitors as animals.

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