Guy who looks like Cris Judd talks about sizing the others up. Single Dad says they got top-notch guys who will be tough to beat. The men stand around. Finally, Sly and Sugar Ray arrive. The fighters smile. Jimmy camera-talks about the two icons. Sly and Sugar Ray stand in the ring. They welcome the fighters. The sixteen "middleweights." The rules. They'll be fighting middleweight, 158 pounds. Each week two fighters will fight, and the winner stays, the loser goes home. Sugar Ray says this is five rounds and professional and the results of the fights goes on the fighters official record. Sly mumbles that their fates are in their hands, counting something off on his fingers; he loses count and just mumbles. He then says that they'll be split off into two teams based on geography, East and West. Fuck. More names rattled off.
Jeff, Brent, Jonathan, Najai, Jimmy, Juan, Peter, Ahmed are East. Sly makes fun of Ahmed's flashy shirt. Hee.
The West is Sergio, Miguel, Joey, Jesse, Ishe, Anthony, Tariq, Alfonso.
We now see that the ring is festooned with sponsors. Toyota! Home Depot! Sierra Mist! More to come, I'm sure. Sly mentions how they've moved the families out here so they can share in this experience, but Sugar Ray counters that what's going to determine the winner is your heart and mind. "If you want it, go for it." Wow. Inspiring. Sly says before they go up to their plush digs above the gym, they should meet, and we see Manager Jackie, who is dressed like the Chiquita Banana lady, and Tommy, the trainer, who will oversee both squads. Sly dismisses them.
The men go upstairs. It's pretty damn nice. A long warehouse with new furniture and low, industrial ceilings. It looks like they've moved into the offices of a failed dot com. "I'm not moving out," says white bald lispy boxer. Jesse, I think. "I'm going to stay." Tommy shows them around. Two guys per room. The teams are separated somewhat. "Youse guys can figure out who you want your partner to be." Yeah, "youse guys" figure it out. Tommy has a porkpie hat and a gold chain and sunglasses. He's from the past. He's from Rent-A-Stereotypical-Boxing-Trainer.com and from the past, too. Tommy says it's a pleasure for him to be around thems guys.