In the movie Real Steel there is lots of action as we watch the robots fighting each other. The evolution of boxing changed from humans to boxing robots. Humans wanted the next level in boxing. They wanted to see destruction and well, people fighting to the death is just wrong. So in the near future we have robots that fight.
There is very little story on the evolution of robots in Real Steel, perhaps we might see a sequel in the future, only time will tell. When we come into the movie, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is nearing the bottom of his career. He’s overdrawn on gambling and gets hustled big time as his last boxing robot is destroyed. Then he is reunited with his son, Max Kenton, Dakota Goyo, and uses his son to make a big chunk of money. He sells him. Yep, appalling. He uses that money to buy a very famous robot, Noisy Boy and loses him the first night. The robot was destroyed. So next we find him in the junk yard trying to find enough pieces to build his own robot, when his son almost falls to his death. He’s saved by a fully built shadow boxing robot named Atom. Max decides this robot now needs to be saved from the junk yard and taught to fight.
People teach the robots. But it’s a movie so who taught the actors. Sugar Ray Leonard was brought on as the boxing consultant for the movie, and what a talent he is. His career is full of so many wins he’s nicknamed The Champ. He’s so humble and genuine in person, I mean the guy got to golf with President Clinton (when he was president) and he had the amazing opportunity to meet. Nelson Mandela. WOW! He looks amazing too. This guy has been in quite a few fights and looks younger than my dad. He did an amazing job coaching the actors and puppeteers.
Now when asked what he thought about the future of boxing, he said we very well could see larger than life size robots fighting each other in the near future. There’s already a huge change in boxing as it’s taken a back seat to UFC and martial arts. Would he enjoy watching robots fight in the ring, he said “if he owned some”. Now you may not know this but there is a boxing background in Hugh Jackman’s history. When Sugar Ray Leonard was asked about what it was like teaching Hugh, he said it was easy. Hugh Jackman is already very athletic, so all they focused on was the facial expressions. Hugh needed to look like a fighter and together they pulled it off.
Go See Real Steel it’s now playing in theaters, and Sugar Ray Leonard says it’s a multigenerational movie as his mother-in-law down to his children loved the movie.