The actor Russell Crowe stars in the film that explores the origins of boxing titled Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher. Directed by Daniel G
The actor Russell Crowe stars in the film that explores the origins of boxing titled Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher. Directed by Daniel Grahamthis new project explores the adventures of the iconic boxer who was a national champion in his time.
Although the production process had begun last year, there were significant delays in the project’s timeline, a sneak peek of the film was finally shown.
Set in the early 19th century, the film tells the story of a young boxer talented (played by matt hookings) who battled to become champion of England under the watchful eye of manager and surrogate father bill warr (played by Ray Winstone).
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Who was Jem Belcher, the story that Russell Crowe stars in and that explores the origins of boxing
James Belcherwas born in Bristol, on April 15, 1781. His mother was the daughter of jack slack (1778), a prominent boxer who defeated Jack Broughton in April 1750. Belcher was a natural fighter, owing little to instruction in the art. His form is described as graceful; he was, at any rate, good-humoured, finely proportioned, and handsome.
He arrived in London in 1798 and trained with bill warr, a veteran boxer, from Covent Garden. On April 12, 1799, after a thirty-three minute fight, he beat Tom Jones of Paddington at Wormwood Scrubbs for the English Middleweight Championship.
In July 1803, Belcher lost an eye in an accident while playing rackets. He still returned to the ring.
During his career, Belcher was known as “The Napoleon of the Ring” or the “Black Diamond”. Belcher he was one of the bravest boxers ever seen in the ring, and probably the fastest in his movements.