Synopsis:Young Jack McGinley has a natural talent in the ring, a talent his drunkard and abusive father wants to exploit. Even at the tender age of 10 Jack makes a promise to save his mother from this relationship and vows to do it in the ring even as his nemesis, FLACO CHAVEZ, stands in his way. Flaco and his family are recent additions to the neighborhood by way of New York City and the racial tensions runs high from the onset of the story. One of Jack’s biggest supporters is the younger DANNY MORGAN, an eternal optimist who is stricken with Polio.
After an outstanding amateur career with his only loss at the hands of the equally talented Flaco, Jack turns pro and his dream of helping his mother live a better life away from his abusive father begins to take shape. But his mother hides an illness, an illness that will take her life while Jack is in the ring with his fourth fight, now with Flaco who is also pro. Jack, who senses his mother is dying, loses shamelessly to Flaco.
Jack loses his faith and gives up on his dreams. He starts to work menial labor jobs for his brother at a scrap yard. Not long after, Danny Morgan gets a job there and our story takes off with the relentless Danny working his way under Jack’s skin to get him back in the ring again. Danny puts himself in harm’s way with Flaco and his boys which in turn makes Jack accept one final fight with Flaco who feels he never really beat Jack decidedly. At stake, the 160 pound “Neighborhood Bragging Rights” title.