Harold Perrineau (Lost), Larry Gilliard, Jr. (The Wire), Michael Anthony Spady (Love That Girl), and Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf) are all attached to star in ’The Championship Rounds’ the story of a young, deaf, African American boxer and single father of a 6 month- old boy whose life is against the ropes on the brink of homelessness.
SYNOPSIS: After being stricken with tragedy, James receives an unlikely shot at redemption, and now his very survival is dependent on his faith and his decision to seize the moment.
James Deacon, Jr. (played deaf actor Michael Anthony Spady), having experienced the tragic death of his girlfriend from childbirth complications, finds himself in one of the most difficult positions of his life. Maintaining a job as a shopkeeper for a small grocery store, James struggles to maintain a living that is enough to pay for a dismal room in a rough neighborhood and properly care for his surviving baby boy. Additionally, being deaf, James realizes he has to work extra hard to simply communicate effectively in a society filled with hearing people.
Having been raised by James Deacon, Sr. (Larry Gillard, Jr.), a world champion pugilist in the late 80’s, James was exposed to the sport and the glamour surrounding it at a very young age. Following in his father’s footsteps, James became a very successful three -time Amateur Golden Gloves Champion. After the tragedy involving his girlfriend, James puts the guilt on himself and decides to fully walk away from boxing and dedicate his life completely to his child.
However, a daily encounter with a local boxing gym and a persistent trainer provides James with an urge and opportunity that can’t be ignored. Once the threshold is crossed, James finds himself battling between the memories/demons of past/present and the potential future road to redemption.
The Championship Rounds examines not only the boxing world and delineation between the deaf and hearing communities, but also a true test of self and perseverance as a single father under extremely difficult circumstances. An inspirational story of breaking down communication barriers.
‘The Championship Rounds’ from writer/creator/producer M.D. Walton, producer Derrex Brady, and director Daniel Stine for Rushaway Pictures is currently in development.
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