The Challenger

Synopsis: Bronx native Jaden Miller, 24, could've had a better life, but fighting within a prestigious school cost his scholarship and an expulsion. Now a high school dropout working from job to job, evicted with nowhere to call home, he decides to train as a boxer under discredited trainer Duane Taylor. The local PBS station picks up on the story and wants to document Jaden's progress as he becomes slated to take on the champion, James Burchard, an undefeated boxer of less-than-appealing character. Jaden's mom, Jada (ailing from a heart condition), sees no good in this, as it was fighting that so far ruined his life, but Duane sees within Jaden an it factor that could make him great.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Kent Moran
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
95 min

It'll be a good fight.

I promise you.

Get up and fight.

- That's it! Stop!

Well, it lasted

longer than I thought.


by way of knockout,

and still your

champion of the Bronx,

Manuel Rodriguez.

I thought you said

he was good.

He is.

This Rodriguez guy must be...

Must be

a hell of a lot better.

You cannot do that

with that guy.

I told you that

too many times.

Yeah, well, the next fight's

got to be better than that.

We staying for

another ass-whooping, man?

Of course.


-Guess not.

Fists in front

of the face, firm.

Off the ropes. All you do

is rotate. You don't listen.

Damn it.

You could have

beaten that guy.

So could my girlfriend.

Did not listen,

that's why you lost.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

Lottery ticket?

What're you doing here?

Dt. This is j. J, this is...

Duane, I know.

You guys know each other?

It's Mr. Taylor.

That's your gym, isn't it?

What do you want?

I want you to train me.

In what, tennis?

I don't train rookies.

- I got experience.

- Come on, sneaks.

No, I do. Fighting, but...

Look... I'm not good at

many things, Mr. Taylor,

all right? But, I can do this.

I know I can.

Lottery tickets, huh?

00 tomorrow.

You know where it is.

I'll see what you can do.

Thank you, Mr. Taylor.

You won't regret it.

You serious? You really gonna

train this guy?

That's 6:
00 A.M., understood?

Yes, sir, I'll be there.

All right.

Terrence, see you Monday.

Yeah, coach.

Come on, dt!

So, you're a boxer now, huh?

I didn't even know you boxed.

Yeah, well. I don't, yet.

You're killing me, man.

Turn your hips

into those punches.


You're early.

You're late.

When did you get here?

Around 5:

Good. You should be

warmed up then.


i mean, I was just...

Whoa, hold on.

First thing's first, lottery.

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Kent Moran

Kent Moran (born June 12, 1982) is an American film actor and writer/director best known for his role in the film Listen to Your Heart and The Challenger. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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