“Ringside” looks at the dangerous, volatile world of Chicago’s South Side from the perspective of two remarkably gifted young boxers and the ambitious fathers who train them. We observe them over the course of eight years, as one begins a rising career in the ring, while the other serves time in prison for robbery. Kenneth Sims Sr. and Destyne Butler Sr. have sacrificed everything in the interest of achieving the same goal: making their sons, Kenny Jr. and Destyne Jr. boxing champions, in order to break the vicious circle of poverty and violence their families have struggled against for generations. It’s a fight against overwhelming odds – many try but few succeed – and there are a host of disappointments along the way.
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