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1* ActorAllusion: As Samuel L. Jackson's Sultan sits down at ringside he has a short exchange with a familiar looking man.-->'''Sultan''': [[Film/PulpFiction Vincent, how you doing, baby! You seen Jules? How's everythin'? Alright. Good to see you.]]* CreatorBacklash: Co-writer Ron Shelton disowned the movie after his original, more serious script was rewritten into a comedy.* StarDerailingRole: One of three box office bombs for Damon Wayans in 1996, along with ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}'' and ''Film/CelticPride''. Putting a bullet in his A-list attempt and forcing him back to television.* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. You could debate whether to call Tommy Morrison ''a'' world champion in 1993, when he held one of the various titles for a few months, although most boxing fans would not agree with you. [[note]]Overly long explanation: Boxing has no central governing body. World championships are created and recognized by private sanctioning bodies, of which there are many in boxing, as basically anybody with the money and interest to put together such a group can create their own championship belt and call someone a champion. Morrison was recognized by the World Boxing Organization, or WBO, which did ''eventually'' earn respect and became considered legitimate in the eyes of fans and the boxing establishment, but when it was first created [about 5 years before Morrison briefly held their heavyweight championship] it was a joke at best. For example, the WBO was created in the late 1980s, when Mike Tyson was at his peak, seemed unbeatable, and had become the recognized champion of every other sanctioning body. The WBO meanwhile chose to recognize Olympic silver medalist Francesco Damiani as Heavyweight Champion. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of Damiani, as even truly hardcore boxing fans mostly know him just for that piece of trivia. Embarrassingly, during its early years the WBO ranked [[ a boxer who had died the previous year]] as one of its top ten contenders in one weight division, and moved him up in the rankings a month later, apparently still unaware that he was dead. Furthermore the organization was so dominated by British boxing promoter Frank Warren that boxing fans joked that WBO really stood for Warren Boxing Organization, as it seemed to exist mainly to give championship belts and exposure to Warren's fighters.[[/note]]) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[ Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 until an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury (himself a white boxer from England) in 2015. Someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


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