(AUG 6) WBAN received an opportunity
to view the film documentary, 'After the Last Round' this week. The
film features in part of the segments throughout the film, female
boxer and multi-world champion Kelsey Jeffries. Jeffries is a
veteran in the sport with over 50 professional fights. She is also
the only female boxer in the sport who has been picked two years in
a row as WBAN's "Fighter of the Year" [2003, 2004].
Jeffries reflects in the film her deepest thoughts about the sport,
her life, what motivates her, and she shows a side of herself that
is absolutely intriguing.
After viewing the film, I earned an appreciation and better
understanding of what a good boxing manager is there for when
managing a boxer. Bruce Anderson, also featured in the film, who
manages Jeffries, displayed a complete devotion to Jeffries' career
in the sport, supports her not only in the ring, but out of the
ring---and after the "Last Round" is over for Jeffries when she
decides to leave the sport.
But with this said on the "women's boxing" side of the film. It is
not focused solely on Jeffries but a whole influx of the sport. The
film exposes the not-so-sweet side of the sport and the damage that can occur when a person decides to make boxing
their life's choice.
'After The Last Round' takes you inside the sport of boxing,
exposing its life changing effects on the fighters and their
families, both inspirational and tragic. The film weaves together
the stories of fighters, active and retired, while revealing the
controversy and social fascination surrounding the “sweet science”.
'After The Last Round' uncovers the personal triumphs and
heartbreaking outcomes of those who have chosen a life between the
ropes. The film gives a courageously honest look through the eyes of
the fighters, their families, and the boxing community.
If you get an opportunity to view this film when it is in your
area, it is a "Must See" for everyone----what a great film