TITLESHOT - A BOXING DOCUMENTARY THAT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
By TOM WATT on Aug 26 2015
Ever wanted to see your name roll by on the credits at the end of a film? Do you enjoy the real-life drama and emotions that only Boxing documentaries seem to be able to capture? Have you wondered what a young Shane Mosley looks like in sparring? Or what Angelo Dundee is like behind the scenes? Well now is your chance to scratch all those itches as an ambitious Kickstarter campaign is underway to finance the completion of ‘TitleShot’, a documentary that follows the emotional rise and fall of Ugandan Junior-Middleweight Boxer, Godfrey Nyakana, and you can get involved from as little as $5.
Incredible personal stories of sacrifice and triumph in Boxing are everywhere you care to look and TitleShot is no different with an extensive library of video content providing unprecendented access to Nyakana’s career, from sparring with a young Shane Mosley to pre-fight pep talks and post-fight analysis, moments rarely seen by those outside Boxing’s inner-circle. Here is how the TitleShot press-release has described the films premise:
“The film travels with Godfrey from match to match – the preludes, the fights themselves and their climatic outcome. A former Commonwealth games gold-medal winner, Godfrey travels 3 hours on the subway each day from a tiny basement apartment in the East Bronx to Gleason's. For Godfrey this is not just a fight for a title but for his life -- manager, trainer, big money backers, wrapped up in the American dream. All the while we meet other struggling boxers who are on their own way up or down, including a Detroit heavy weight who finds common ground with Godfrey, as both travel through South Central Los Angeles. Tough battles lead to the stunning pain that accompanies a knockout loss, or the exhilaration of a win as this roller coaster ride careens from locker rooms to midnight strategy meetings. The film stays with Godfrey and his team, as they groom him, train him, celebrate with him or pull him back from defeat until that final title shot. The title is a dream not only for Godfrey, but also for his trainer Bobby Cassidy, who confronts his own lost chances as a boxer, while pursuing the championships for his fighters.
“The film will update where the fighters are now: Godfrey Nyakana has returned to Uganda and is now mayor of a district of its capital, Kampala, or fighters like Kevin Kelley, and Shane Mosely currently training his own son, while planning a comeback in the ring.”
Bruce Gleason, owner of the World famous, Gleason Gym has said
“TitleShot shows what really happens to a professional fighter”
With thousands of feet of negative film to digitize, master and edit the Kickstarter campaign (which as of writing had 17 days to go) is seeking to raise $40,000 to finalise the making of this unique fly-on-wall look into the life of a Professional Fighter. Donations start from as little as $5 with a range of rewards on offer including having your name on the film’s credits and Gleason gym memorabilia. To get behind the campaign and to find out more click here
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