kings, the four-part documentary chronicling four of boxing’s greatest award winners—Roberto Duran, the marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard—premiers June 6 at 8 p.m. PT/ET.
kings Highlights the development of boxing against the seismic political and socio-economic changes taking place in the United States, from the end of the era of Muhammad Ali to the era of the Four Kings. The Four Kings rose to fame as Jimmy Carter’s presidency and the economic downturn paved the way for the boon of capitalism of the 1980s and more exploitation by the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Through in-depth interviews and archival footage, the series also examines the individual battles that each person went through on their unique journey into the center of the sports world.
“These four men defined an era in boxing,” said Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza. “Their personal stories, forever linked to the glorious battles they fought, reflect a tumultuous period in American culture and history. To illuminate each individual’s dramatic journey and social context, the Kings Takes viewers beyond the spectacular action of some of the most memorable awards show in history that made him a star of sports and popular culture.”
After a brief collapse period following Ali’s retirement, boxing was revived when Leonard became world champion in 1979 and fought his first fight with Duran in 1980. Since that time, the four kings have been engaged in a decade-long feud. Which has outperformed any other sport so far in terms of attention and revenue. He was one of the most popular stars of sports and American culture.
As a mark of their incredible achievements, from 1979 to 1985, the Boxing Writers Association of America awarded these men the coveted “Fighter of the Year” title annually, with the only exception of 1982 – Leonard, Hagler and Hearns won twice. achieved. In nine world title fights between them, there were four knockouts and three bouts were recognized as “Fight of the Year” by The Ring magazine. Ring magazine’s “Round of the Year” (and for many, the round of all time) is Hagler-Hearns’ first round, perhaps, the most coveted singles round ever. Well, The Kings premieres in the year of the 45th anniversary of Leonard’s Olympic gold medal win, and the 40th anniversary year of the welterweight world title unification fight between Leonard and Hearns, widely their greatest fight and symbol of the era. is believed.
kings Produced by Box to Box Film in association with Ingenious Media. The series is executive produced by James Gay-Rees (amy, army, drive to survive) and Paul Martin (Diego Maradona, drive to survive), Produced by Fiona Nielsen (Oasis: Supersonic, Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams) and directed by Matt Whitecross (Oasis: Supersonic, Road to Guantanamo Road, Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams)
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