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

This ain't fighting.

Boxing is one of the hardest

sports in the world.

It requires

endurance, strategy,


I'm not looking for a fighter.

Show me your stance.

Feet shoulder-width apart.

Left foot forward.

Spread your feet

like a triangle.

Back foot always up.

These up, firm.

Okay. Throw a punch.

-What was that?

-What do you mean?

That's a straight right.

It's a power punch.

Where's the power?

Where does the power

in that punch come from?

-My arms.

-That's a jab, rookie.

Power punches

aren't thrown with your arms.

Okay, we're gonna

try this again.

This time, rotate your hips,

and shift your weight from

your back foot to your front.

Snap back immediately

and return to

defensive position.

Okay. Again.

Hips. Again.



Swing your hips again.


--Harder, hips.




So, why are you here, kid?

I don't know.

I want to be somebody.

Sick of playing the lottery.

What'd you mean when you said

you used to fight?

I was 11. Was gonna start

private school in the fall.

And then I, uh,

got in my first fight.

Got kicked out of school.

Lost the scholarship.

Got in more schools,

more fights...

Never finished high school.

Never finished

anything really.

Been job-to-job ever since.

Why do you fight?

The right reasons.

You win?


I don't, uh,

train boxers anymore.

What do you mean?

What about...

What about

Maxwell and Terrence?

Exactly. I really

just run the laundromat.

My last real boxer

was Keenan Anderson.

After four years,

we were finally

gonna get a shot at the title.

But the other manager needed

a win for one of his fighters.

So, I matched him up

with another one of my guys.

Malik Jones.

He threw that fight.

I remember.

In three months,

I lost two fighters

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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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