Rapper Common is teaming up with Argent Pictures, Los Angeles-based film production and financing outfit, to produce the boxing documentary They Fight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The documentary follows a group of adolescent boxers and their formerly incarcerated coach in Southeast Washington DC on the road to defend their national titles. Based on Michael Minahan’s article in the Washington Post, “Fight” chronicles the story of boxing coach Walt Manigan and his Lyfe Style Boxing after-school boxing program in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8, a community that is considered one of the most dangerous and economically challenged neighborhoods in America.
Andrew Renzi is directing the feature, which Argent, run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, and Common will now help finance and produce as it begins post-production.
Also coming on board are Common’s partners at his Freedom Road productions banner, Derek Dudley, Shelby Stone, and Melisa Resch.
Said Argent’s Ryan Ahrens in a statement: “There are so many stories in our world today that, if told and shown, can inspire, motivate, educate and move people in positive ways. The story of Walt and his boxers is one of these stories and we’re proud to help bring this story to the masses through Andrew’s film.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Deontay Wilder is well-fancied at 8/11 with Betway to stand in the way of Anthony Joshua once the British world heavyweight champion has dealt with Joseph Parker.
AJ is nailed on at 1/20 to overcome his Kiwi counterpart in Cardiff on 31st March, as well as being just 3/1 with the leading online bookmaker to knock Parker out within three rounds, and the odds suggest it's the Bronze Bomber, Wilder, that will face Joshua next.
Tyson Fury could come calling after the Parker fight at 7/2, while it's 8/1 for the Olympic gold medallist to renew his rivalry with Brixton puncher Dillian Whyte.
Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “Although Anthony Joshua’s mindset is likely to focus on taking things fight by fight, we firmly expect him to take Joseph Parker’s WBO belt in March and Deontay Wilder is fancied to follow.
“We make Wilder the 8/11 favourite to be Joshua’s fight immediately after the Parker bout, though a matchup with Tyson Fury hasn’t been discounted at 7/2.
“As for the Parker fight, AJ is as short as 1/20 to extend his professional record to 21-0 and just 3/1 to finish the fight within the opening three rounds.”