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).
Clayton Geoffreys writes small books about current basketball superstars. Lebron James was raised solely by his mother, Gloria Marie. They struggled with poverty. At times they couldn’t even afford to heat the house. A local football coach had his eyes on on Lebron James. He was scouted to play youth football. This coach would open his home for Lebron James to live in. He would also introduce Lebron James to basetball. They put Lebron James on a youth team that would represent Northeast Ohio. Lebron and 3 close friends on the team would name themselves the ‘Fab Four‘. They collectively decided to go to St. Vincent – St. Mary high school to play basketball. In that neighborhood, black people didn’t typically attend St. Vincent – St. Mary. There was another school nearby that were more accepting of black people. So, the “Fab Four” did stir a little controversy.
The Fab Four would excel in high school basketball under the leadership of Lebron James. Lebron’s game play would fill the bleachers with fans. The games would have to be played at University of Akron to ensure that all fans were able to see Lebron James. Some of these tickets would be selling for $100 each. This team won the Ohio state championship 3 out of the 4 years that Lebron was on the team. Sophomore year was very successful. Lebron James gained a great deal of media attention. He attributes this superior confidence building to not winning the championship Junior Year. He said that junior year, the team wasn’t working as hard. They were just expected to win.
In 2003, Lebron James signed a $90 million contract with Nike. That was before he entered the NBA draft. Lebron James then entered the draft right out of high school. He was selected first overall by his home state’s Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first NBA game ever played he put up 25 points. By 2006, he was averaging over 30 points and have led the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance in 8 years. In 2007, he had led the team to their first NBA finals. Unfortunately, San Antonio took the title in 4 games that year.
In 2010, Lebron James became a free agent. He would join the Miami Heat that year. He would be joining other fell free agents Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. In the 4 seasons that he spent with Miami he had led them to the Finals each year. The Miami Heat would win the NBA championship in 2012 and 2013. For the 2014-2015 season he comes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once again, he brings the team to the NBA finals. The prior season Cavs had 33 wins and 49 losses.
Lebron James may easily be the best basketball player ever. He came from poverty, but managed to accomplish so much through the help of good people from Akron, Ohio. He had been the youngest player to break many records. Moreover, he is a great team player as evidenced by the amount of assists he has. Clayton Geoffreys write many books about basketball stars. His book provides a thorough background, great insight of Lebron’s development, and details about specific games that were important.