Champs is a documentary that is currently streaming on Netflix. It features boxing greats Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, and Evander Holyfield. The purpose of this documentary is to show how different boxing is from any other sport.
Coincidentally, all three of the Champs featured into this film were born into poverty. For Mike Tyson and Bernard Hopkins that also included issues with the law from an early age. For these boxers they didn’t see a flyer about a boxing school and signed up out of interest. Fighting was a necessity in the poor towns that they were raised in.
Mike Tyson, was raised in the rough parts of Brownsville, Brooklyn. His father wasn’t around and his mother was promiscuous. Mike Tyson turned to the streets at a young age. He would rob people with a gang. As a juvenile, he went through the prison system. There he was discovered by a counselor and former boxer. After training for a few months in the system, he would be introduced to Cus D’amato. Mike Tyson would be taken in by Cus D’Amato. Mike referred to Cus as his real father. He was a great mentor to Iron Mike.
Evander Holyfield was born in a very poor suburb of Alabama. He was the youngest of nine children. He went in a different route than Mike Tyson. He started fighting at the Boys Club from an early age. By the age of 20 he was in the Olympics. He went on to have a great career. Holyfield was the undisputed champion of the world (1990-1992). Ironically, the other star of this documentary, Mike Tyson bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off in a fight.
Bernard Hopkins was a middleweight champion that defended his title 20 times. He was a thug that grew up in Philadelphia. A product of a drug addict father and an alcoholic mother. When Hopkins was locked up in prion for 5 years, his brother got murdered in the streets.
Champs a multi-purpose documentary. It entertains the audience to see the struggles that the boxers go through. The audience is entertained by watching great moments in these boxers careers. Another important purpose of this documentary is to show the audience that boxing is no joke. It shows how the fighters that rise to the top went through very serious struggles. I believe Champs helps many people that are looking into boxing look for another career. It’s a great documentary and it’s still on Netflix as of today (thanks instantwatcher).