'Ringside': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Showtime's boxing docu on Kenneth Sims Jr and Destyne Butler Jr

'Ringside': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Showtime's boxing docu on Kenneth Sims Jr and Destyne Butler Jr

On June 7, the world saw the final years of Bruce Lee's life explained in Bao Nguyen's 'Be Water' on ESPN. And while there are a few days left before the network rolls out 'Long Gone Summer' on June 14, Showtime gives fans another award-winning sports documentary to watch while they wait. 

Two boxers from Chicago are all set to talk about their journeys and what it takes to make it big in the world of boxing. Showtime's latest documentary 'Ringside', as part of its sports docuseries, sees Kenneth Sims Jr and Destyne Butler Jr share their experiences as they grow up with the sole aim to become the best boxers. Directed by Andre Hörmann, 'Ringside' is all set to debut this week giving sports fans a chance to know more about the duo. 


Release date

'Ringside' premieres Friday, Jun 12 at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Showtime. 


The official synopsis on Showtime reads: "This award-winning documentary chronicles the dramatic upbringing of boxing prodigies Kenneth Sims Jr and Destyne Butler Jr, and their aspirations of surviving on the dangerous South Side of Chicago to achieve boxing glory. Filmed over the course of nine years, the film is a complex, emotional account of two youths, along with the fathers who trained them, who are on divergent paths and fighting to survive both professionally and personally."



Andre Hörmann has been the man behind a slew of stirring documentaries. His best works include, 'Crowley: Every Cowboy Needs His Horse,' and 'Obon'. 





Talking to CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith, Sims Jr said he found the entire experience surreal. "I was 13 or 14 when they started filming and watching the film, I see myself grow up. In the interviews when I was young, I was giving them one-word answers. As it went on, I see myself grow up and become the person I am today."

Even Butler Jr had a message for the audience. “Just how far I came and how my life turned out, from the good to the bad, it’s crazy, but it’s a beautiful story. I want everyone to tune on June 12 and get to know us. It’s really an inspirational story and I feel like it’s going to touch a lot of people.”


Watch this space for more updates on 'Ringside'

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