NBC's reality series, the brainchild of boxing fan and Survivor creator Mark Burnett (above, with partner Sylvester Stallone), is set to debut March 7. The show follows the fortunes of 16 aspiring professional middleweights, living and training together in Los Angeles. Behind-the-scenes action, intercut with a series of elimination bouts, will give viewers a chance to get to know the boxers, who are vying for a $1 million payoff.
Russell Crowe, Ren�e Zellweger
Crowe plays poverty-stricken former contender turned dockworker James J. Braddock (right), who pulled off one of boxing's great upsets by beating Max Baer for the heavyweight crown in 1935. Ron Howard directs--think Seabiscuit in 10-ounce gloves.
Ring of Fire
Emile Griffith, Benny (Kid) Paret
Documentary delves into the life of Griffith, who beat Paret to death in a 1962 bout (right). Paret had whispered slurs about Griffith's sexuality at the weigh-in.