The story takes form in Philadelphia (home of 'Smokin' Joe Frazier) then migrates to Vegas and does it in the same way 'The Fighter' portrayed the true life story of World Boxer Lightweight Champion Mickie Ward in his hometown, Lowell, Massachusetts.
What is it about fighters and the cities they come from? There is a powerful connection unlike any other sport and it must be cool to have this identity bond. I was born in Northern Virginia but like many I moved every few or more years to different places and while this has some pretty cool upside I wonder what it must be like to have one place to call home and a place that calls you theirs.
Anyway, I give this movie 2 thumbs up. Check it out if you haven't seen it. Nick Nultey won Best Supporting for his moving portrait of a deeply regretful and benevolent parent, recovering addict and world class trainer. It also has the whole eye of the tiger thing which is always motivating mojo sauce for us pscho-athletics.
Peace and roll strong.