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From TV tycoon to friend of USA Boxing. Laura Okmin learns how one man is hoping to bring back the sweet science.
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This episode of info -- brought team by -- university but nothing stayed in your way. Actually boxing has gone from glory days two days long gone. Bright lights the glitz and glamour of the sizzle while the fate. Want to gluttony of -- it is now would stay a fan starving for talent television and legitimacy. To restore boxing to its days of Camelot would take a team effort. Enter Michael -- He comes from a very different world than boxing. The president and CEO of world a syndication giant we shows like Oprah and jeopardy. And wheel of fortune. But this Hollywood heavyweight is now embarking on the biggest challenge of his career. Resurrecting. Heavyweight boxing. This program has atrophy. Because of lack of resources like the management. And lack of sponsorships of the images of the sport have been negative but overwhelmingly. The people in boxing and great people. In the old expression. You know a few bad outings where Romero. Well if this is really rotten to the court I wouldn't. Chances the people involved in boxing and some of the some of the really. That is left. They just need to help. That -- began in the shape of the dilapidated. 25000. Square foot building called the rock. The Jets to a church in Carson countless. Let's just crap and this. Iraq and dilapidated. Roach infested warehouse. -- -- So we have we had one Baghdad and had duct tape around it with -- coming out of the side in the street he'd been. Is going to pay. For us to. You know start. Converting this into a box had. Languages. French it. Is the pastor to get his parishioners to help us take the carpet up that was here in the linoleum and whatever else and everybody in this community pulled together was really. Really beautiful thing. And then they were expecting us to. Dropped it. And we didn't. It is one of the finest and most high tech boxing facilities in the world posting trainers nutritionists sports psychologists. And the world's largest boxing video live. But even more impressive while the passion in Carson surrounding the Rockets new inhabitants -- The city's primary went down you can really beautiful. But to change. And before the board with. It lends a hand to the community itself. So we have kids that are our program with the game diversion team better it's an intervention program that -- these kids also have three. But they don't know how to they don't know what they're action plan is to get the -- so we show them. What it takes -- wanna be a fighter Elena is this do you know what it takes -- fighters. You know what it takes that to put in the hard work to do. How fox helped free community together is a great story in its own right but -- thing of course is looking for the holly story. But there would be no fight in this fight without a legitimate fighter. However these days heavyweight fighters don't a lot of trees with amateur ranks or youth programs which have all but disappeared. So Michael would have to -- create -- not finding boxers but creating. Targeting the best athletes in division ones -- works. Boxing experience. What was behind the thinking -- the idea about it let's go for the guys who have been because I don't know system and now. When you look at the fighters to the pros you know that the the young superstars or any -- you know and and Floyd Mayweather to the 34 and -- how does that happen. It happened because the farm system until it's been joked that since the early eighties we have when we're in more than one gold medal since nineteen he would. So farm system has been attracting the kind of talent. It needs to continue to really experience in the sport. When he started telling this to but when he started doing your recruiting well with the looks -- And have anywhere else to go they've lost the dream we have means absolutely staggering talent athletes that want to compete. In professional sport what was the boxing -- perception of it. But you know. Talk. Wouldn't want who played. Football from time to have. Ten. What Lofton. The -- to temples and -- theory but hadn't Tillman game. 'til two in an amateur rankings into Olympic gold in 84 and almost three decades later is hoping to strike gold again with another experiment. This straight out of central casting. Dominic Brazil 26 years old 67255. Pounds and a former quarterback from northern Colorado. He'd never been in a boxing and then the -- at the cell phone changed. Everything. The dig up the phone call from all American who is to recruit cornered him and learn boxing. I thought the muscle you know that's crazy like in question is no way you take a twenty year old -- young men and stick -- to cement blocks. Chavez to witness -- and then things quarterback. As -- also. We control it means we -- the ball at its height. When the -- has changed in the wasn't gonna blow on and off and only difference thus delaying games and -- -- in the ring I've got complete control. Not only because some of the bigger stronger faster guys. But just because of the fact that a demanding attention to man control. I know walking in the ring is probably than their most -- rekenthaler boxing. And once you reach the steps I tell myself 123 in this goes so begins even care about. How long through a hard rules on with the club -- in my -- facet to this scout them but he was gonna give him time to -- you right. And I suggested this would -- content. You've got to drive the -- -- -- from where -- threw to quit. That drive that will that refusal to quit it's all transform this football player. To win them and just four years if your putting -- blows for the first time down and it will be representing his country in 2012. Summer games this. Seeing them up for. See him. But now. Good guys that play in the -- call their daily basis the day. Saying me and becomes a goal that none of us to do because and it fills one thing -- to -- one -- -- Is is another thing he will be and it's something that some of the premier athletes and yet that I know person. Can tell -- it's going to look at them to me it's it's it's crazy it's it's it's its own little world -- certainties and. Hearing the National -- I think. -- -- Considers. Think about it until -- you know it is it's the -- He has this -- the business around the world and I don't want to hear any other aren't so that's for sure. 36 years. Serving god. Holding gangsters in my arms with their brains and threw my hands on the streets of self. -- six years. You know. Investing for the mean you see something like this happen. We have to get -- head to hear me good in the pick me pick my. So few of pitching this trip to Hollywood. -- what it looked like. It's great historian. At any time you see people with a hole. And and it's. Something that looks like it's we're against all odds. And see people of the game and see them they stumbled forward enough to continue to do and then to see them. Rise to a certain point where people say Bravo. That's a great story that's what that would make Hollywood. That's the Hollywood and I'm looking for the holing them. It. This episode of big focus was watching divide -- Rice University. Crowd to support the education team USA.