South Boston, known as Southie to its natives, is one of the toughest neighborhoods in the nation. For a group of dedicated young men who live there, boxing is not only a pastime — it's a lifeline. Still, over the past 20 years, the sport's popularity has been declining dramatically.
Determined to bring boxing back, Welch formulates a plan to revitalize the sport: each week, trainers from rival boxing gyms across Boston will choose their top amateur fighters to represent their gyms in a bout. After seven days of intense training, the fighters will face off in the ring with their professional futures at stake.
Each episode documents the daily struggles, personal relationships and epic training sessions as the fighters prepare for the fight of their lives — where only one will overcome the odds and emerge victorious. Every week, these three rounds will help decide not only their fates, but also the fate of boxing in Southie.
Discovery Channel's "The Fighters" is produced by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, Craig Piligian, Dana White, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, David Pritikin is executive producer.