Top grade hitters hit the scene in NYC on Monday night, to check out the fighting form of Jake Gyllenhaal, who is starring in a new fight flick, “Southpaw.” The 2014 BWAA Fighter of the Year, Terence Crawford, told TSS that he gave the effort “five stars,” and a pal of his, who shall remain nameless, to protect his macho image, told me the movie had him bawling multiple times.
Oh, and by the way, I got an explanation from a PR rep for the Weinstein Company, for readers who wonder why the guy seems to be a righty, even though the flick is called “Southpaw.”
“It’s because he switches the way he fights when he gets back into the ring, he learns new styles of how to fight, he learns defense and it’s supposed to be a metaphor for him changing as a person too,” I was told.
PBC boxers also attended; check out this release which went out, touching on the PBCers in attendance.
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NEW YORK (July 21, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions Series (PBC) fighters Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin added red carpet excitement to last night’s New York City red carpet premiere of boxing movie Southpaw. The fighters walked the red carpet alongside the movie’s stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams and 50 Cent before attending the screening.
Jacobs and Quillin posed for photos with actor Mack Wilds, “Orange is the New Black” star Selenis Leyva and fellow boxing champion Victor Ortiz, who appears in the movie. The fighters, who both call Brooklyn home, also had a chance to catch up with boxing aficionado and Brooklyn-native, actress Rosie Perez (seen in above photo).
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) will put his middleweight world title on the line August 1 when he takes on Sergio Mora live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the second installment of PBC on ESPN.
“I had such an amazing time at the Southpaw premiere,” said Jacobs. “I’m so happy I was able to take my son Nate with me to walk the red carpet, have our picture taken and enjoy a great movie about boxing.”
Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will get back in the ring September 6 as part of PBC on CBS.
“From a fighter’s perspective, I thought the movie was really well done,” said Quillin “The story made me reflect on my own boxing career, securing my financial future. It also reminded me of the importance and value of true love and having the right people around you.”
Premier Boxing Champions launched in January 2015 with a commitment to bringing great boxing back to network television. The series currently airs on NBC, NBCSN, CBS, ESPN, Spike and Bounce TV.