Having turned his simultaneously jaundiced and affectionate eye on baseball, basketball and golf, writer-director Ron Shelton returns with a knowing and often funny look at professional boxing. The set-up is ingenious, if far-fetched. On the eve of a
much-hyped "Fight of the Century" featuring Mike Tyson, the boxers scheduled for the undercard turn up dead. Promoters Joe Domino (a wonderfully sleazy Tom Sizemore) and Hank Goody (ditto for Robert Wagner) scramble to find licensed replacements and come up with coulda-been-contenders Vince and
Cesar (Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas), two well-matched lightweights who also happen to be lifelong best friends. Domino a...