Shadowboxing the Mob
Based on a true story
The screenplay is based on the little-known but true story of Carmen Basilio, one of the greatest fighters of all time–and a personal friend of mine.
Basilio refused to join the mob-backed International Boxing Commission (IBC)–a decision that cost him plenty in terms of time, money and a shot at the title.
But because Basilio put honor ahead of money and glory, he was key in busting up the IBC: Basilio testified before Congress; mobsters went to jail.
Despite this, Basilio still achieved his boyhood dream of becoming a world champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He remains one of the most popular–and best-loved fighters in boxing history. (WGA: 1226176)
The story was first made public in a 1999 ESPN documentary for which I served as a consultant and on-camera interviewee.
- California Film Awards, Best of Category Award (Drama) Winner (San Diego, CA)
- Best Unpublished Screenplay Competition, Independent Filmmakers Showcase (Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA)
- The Nevada Film Festival (Las Vegas, NE)
- The New York International Film Festival (New York, NY)
- The Moondance International Film Festival (Boulder, CO)
- The Buffalo-Niagra Film Festival (Buffalo, NY)
- Independent Film Quarterly Festival (Hollywood, CA)
- The Philadelphia Screenplay Competition, Philadelphia, PA
- The Charleston International Film Festival (Charleston, SC)
- The FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards (West Hollywood, CA)