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The Fight, a gripping exploration of the history of boxing, uses the greatest fights of all time to examine the wider social issues surrounding those fights. Race, religion, politics, class and corruption have all had a profound affect on boxing. And boxing, in its turn, has had a profound affect on those cultural issues and more.
Episode 1 - The Rules Of The Ring
The series begins in the bare-knuckle era when it wasn't uncommon for fighters to gouge and kick their opponents.
The first episode covers 3 legendary fighters, John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey and "Iron" Mike Tyson. Includes fight footage, vintage interviews and comments from the likes of Jose Torres, Bert Sugar and Lennox Lewis.
Episode 2 - Black & White
The second episode focuses on two of the sports pioneering black champions, Jack Johnson and Joe Louis.
Includes fight footage and comments from the likes of Bert Sugar and Larry Holmes.
Episode 3 - A Dirty Business
The series continues with a look at the six-fight rivalry between Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta in the 1940s and 1950s, and Mob corruption.
Includes fight footage and comments from the likes of Bert Sugar and Jake LaMotta.
Episode 4 - The Closet thing To Dying
The final part of the series looks back at the 1975 `Thrilla in Manila' between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, as the US civil rights struggle was also fought.
Includes fight footage and comments from the likes of Agelo Dundee and Larry Holmes.
Video Codec Name: XviD 1.1.2
Video Bitrate: 999 Kbps
Frame Quality: 0.182
Resolution: 624x352 (4:3)
Frames Per Second: 25
Original Air Date: 2004
Production Team: BBC Bristol
Source: UK TV History (Digital Cable)
Capped: January 2009
Episode Running Time: 46 Mins
Total Running Time: 184 Mins
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