Bare knuckle fighting is one of the Irish martial arts. However this sport is still mostly unregulated in the United States. It involves two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or other padding on their hands, like in a street fight. During training, the fighters wear gloves to protect their hands, though.
The film focuses on two young fathers who turn to this underground sport to be able to provide for their families. Statistically they should both live in poverty and lack for the rest of their lives; both of them live on the edge of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming and both of them have stories of impoverished childhoods.
Yet as they mature into adult men, they place their hopes and goals into making it as bare-knuckle fighters.
Eddie had a future as a runner in high school, but he dropped out when he was sent into foster care. Then his dad’s death sent him literally running for three days. When he finally stopped, he started doing drugs. Finally he got his life in order and realized that he wants his unborn son to have a better father than he had. However he still struggles with bad choices propelled by the many demons in his past.
Dean has to work overtime to be able to pay for an ongoing custody battle over his son. The child’s mother is currently not allowing him to see the boy. He needs the money to be able to pay the legal fees he has incurred. Dean will be defending his lightweight world title in the upcoming event.
They train together and travel together and they both have a lot hanging on the outcome of this event. Watch this film now.