Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky Balboa (2006)

Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky Balboa (2006)

In the final installment of the original Rocky series we find the former title holder, now in his late fifties, widowed and running a restaurant – living in the past and struggling to maintain relationships with family and friends. Lured back into the ring to face the reigning heavyweight champ, who finds himself unpopular despite being undefeated, in a charity match. Whilst rebuilding bridges and rediscovering himself, can an aging, arthritic Rocky get back under the lights and prove himself one more time?

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Film Review – Cinderella Man (2005)

Film Review – Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella Man is the true story of James Braddock a once promising boxer during the Great Depression who’s turned into a stepping stone, taking fights for the paycheck in between working shifts on the dockyard just to put food on the table for his kids. When it looks like there’s no other option he gets the chance to fight a top contender, and has the chance to change his family’s future.

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Film Review – Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

Film Review – Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

Recently released on Netflix, Conor McGregor: Notorious is the ‘fly on the wall’ style biographical film about the life of the Notorious Irishman, following his career from fighting in small shows to taking on Nate Diaz in the UFC. Featuring training footage, behind the scenes locker room footage and clips from his fights and interviews it charts the remarkable rise of the most well known UFC fighter to date.

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Film Review – Creed 2 (2018)

Film Review – Creed 2 (2018)

Three years after the first Creed film Adonis (Michael B Jordan) finally reaches his goal; winning the same belt that his father, Apollo, and trainer, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) held before him. However, whilst balancing his personal life with struggles around not feeling like he belongs, an opponent comes out of the industrial landscape of the Ukraine to challenge for the belt and redeem his family’s name – Viktor Drago, the infamous Ivan Drago’s son.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky V (1990)

Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky V (1990)

This chapter in the Rocky saga (you can find the previous Rocky films we’ve reviewed here) sees The Italian Stallion take a different role. Suffering with a brain injury from the beating he took at the hands of Ivan Drago in the last film Rocky has to officially retire from fighting, but finding his money has been squandered he reopens Mickey’s gym and starts training fighters.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Fight Quality Film Review - Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Set 18 months after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation sees Kurt Sloane fighting MMA, having vowed to never return to Thailand. Of course this doesn’t work out, and he finds himself kidnapped and imprisoned near Bangkok.

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Fight Quality Film Review – The Bleeder [Chuck] (2017)

Fight Quality Film Review – Chuck [The Bleeder] (2017)

Chuck (A.K.A. ‘The Bleeder’ in the UK and Ireland)

Sylvester Stallone was iconic in his breakthrough role as Rocky (which we previously reviewed), one of the most recognisable characters in cinema. Most people know that Stallone also wrote the film, and was struggling to make ends meet when sold the script and became a legend. But what inspired Sly to write Rocky in the first place? He says it wasn’t true, but as this biopic film about Chuck Wepner shows, The Bayonne Bleeder and The Italian Stallion have a fair bit in common.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky (1976)

Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky (1976)

Rocky is the boxing film. The original and many argue the greatest, it’s about a low level boxer being picked by the undefeated champ for a title shot. Everyone expects him to lose, even Rocky expects to lose. But if he can make it through to the final bell he’ll be the first person to go the distance with Apollo Creed, proving he’s not just ‘a bum from the neighbourhood’.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Fight Quality Film Review – Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Aspiring boxer Maggie (Hilary Swank) seeks out top trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) to turn her into the champ she knows she can be. Reluctant to train a girl Dunn refuses, but Maggie isn’t put off. Instead, and with a little help from ex-pro Eddie ‘Scrap-Iron’ Dupris (Morgan Freeman), she wins over Frankie and becomes his star fighter. As Maggie and Frankie grow to become almost family a catastrophic incident in the ring tests just how far their relationship will push them.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Bleed For This (2016)

Fight Quality Film Review – Bleed For This (2016)

Bleed for this is the biographical film depicting the life of Vinny ‘The Pazmanian Devil’ Pazienza (played by a jacked Miles Teller), a world champion boxer who was involved in a near fatal car crash that broke his neck and left doubts about whether he’d be able to walk again, despite his vows to step back in the ring.

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