“After The Last Round” DVD
Free DVD with Donation For Retired Boxers Foundation
By Michele Chong - courtesy of myboxingfans
Last fall I attended a special screening in Beverly Hills
for the new film “After The Last Round,” a riveting
documentary about the sport we love. The gala affair was a
star-studded one with an audience filled with prizefighters
and boxing icons including Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Ken
Norton, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Alex Ramos, Michael Bentt,
Loreto Garza, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez along with Hall of Fame
referees Joe Cortez, Richard Steele and Jack Reiss, among
many others as you’ll see in some photos from the first L.A.
After watching the movie, the crowd was moved by the images
we saw and the stories heard on the big screen. At the time
of the event, the DVD of the film was not yet available to
the public. Since then, there has been a lot of interest
from those in boxing circles and fans all over the world for
their own copies of “After The Last Round” (ATLR), a
Waterhouse Road Productions and Satellite Pictures feature
directed by Ryan Pettey and produced by Patrick Moyer.
Now boxing aficionados can purchase this DVD for a donations
of just 15.00 (completely tax deductable). The filmmaker has
generously donated the DVDs to the nonprofit to raise funds
for the organization. And in further good news I can share
with you all is that every bit of your donation will benefit
the nonprofit Retired Boxers Foundation (RBF), founded by
Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, who is also president of the
organization which aids fighters who need assistance,
whether it be with housing, rehab or financial situations. I
know this charitable effort is one near and dear to Alex, as
well as RBF’s Executive Director Jacquie Richardson.
If you enjoy watching the “sweet science,” I encourage you
to donate to the RBF and take a look at the docu-film too.
Trust me, once you watch the movie you will gain new respect
for all fighters who dare climb up the steps to go toe to
toe against their adversaries in the ring. But in many cases
it isn’t the human foes they succumb to; watching the film
we are reminded of both the short-term and long-term damage
the boxers face when the bell rings.
Boxing is a bloodsport, make no bones about it. Men–and
women–lace up using fists as weapons. With their “killer
instincts” these brave gladiators take punishing blows to
their eyes, to their head to their bodies, most refusing to
quit with many choosing to go out “on their shields.” And
fans worldwide cheer them on, paying top dollar to sit in
the arena or to shell out fifty bucks for pay-per-view
They choose to fight; we choose to watch.
But what really happens after that last round?
That’s what the documentary–a film festival
After seeing the boxing drama, you will learn what some of
the consequences are for these athletes who sacrifice their
bodies, minds–and sometimes their lives in the name of
victory and glory.
In fact, “After The Last Round” opens with a wide pan of
thousands of rabid fans screaming in appreciation for the
power punching inside the ropes. We then see great action
footage of two of my favorite sluggers, the late Arturo
Gatti and his ring nemesis (and later close friend) “Irish”
Micky Ward. We see their bloodied and bruised faces with no
quit from either of them. From this point, we watch more
highlights and devastating knockouts taking place on the
Then we see the everyday after-effects of those few minutes
spent in the squared circle, with Dementia Pugilistica or
“Punch-Drunk Syndrome” addressed. Through firsthand
accounts, the filmmakers show us a wide range of subjects
from college amateurs to heavyweight contenders to world
champions who have all suffered physically or mentally after
Director Pettey introduces us to many courageous warriors
including Colorado fighter DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep”
Williamson, female pro fighter Kelsey Jeffries, southpaw
middleweight Sugar Ray Seales, “Baby” Joe Mesi, former
amateur boxer and college student Tony Bruno, and boxing
brothers Phil Moyer and Denny Moyer (who passed away last
year). Producer Pat Moyer’s father, “ATLR” Executive
Producer Tom Moyer is a cousin of Phil and Denny.
In the film, there are many familiar faces from the boxing
scene including trainer Freddie Roach, Emanuel Steward,
fighters George Chuvalo, Vito Antuofermo, boxing icon Bert
Sugar, and Johnny “Flash” Ortiz who elaborate on the perils
of the sweet science. Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie
Roach also suffers from the same fate as the legendary
Muhammad Ali with their Parkinson’s disease.
Putting a human face to address the cumulative effects of
one too many power shots to the head makes for some
heartbreaking images and interviews with their family
members. And sometimes all it takes is one too many gym wars
or one solid punch hit in the wrong spot that can change
one’s life forever. Wearing eight-ounce gloves or ten-ounce
gloves, blows are thrown with bad intentions with no one
really pondering the effects.
And for each boxer, the results vary. Who knows why some
fighters fall into a coma after a punishing assault while
others walk away on their own, seemingly unhurt. But there
are also several debilitating symptoms that can affect the
fighters like forgetfulness, slowed motor skills, slurred
words, and that shuffled walk we’ve all seen.
I caught up with one of the pugilists who was at the first
screening to shed some light on the matter. Tony “The Tiger”
Lopez is a veteran of 59 pro fights and a former IBF and WBA
Super Featherweight Champion. While chatting with him about
the film and the arbitrary factor of who is affected and who
isn’t, the three-time world titlist relives stories of his
own career. Never backing down in any fight, Lopez remembers
being so physically drained after many a battle that
sometimes he couldn’t get out of bed, his body broken and
sore for days. But once he quickly recovered, Lopez said he
was back in the gym for more.
But the drive and will of these prizefighters is what makes
up their warrior mentality–and sometimes that toughness is
what harms them too.
“Who knows why some of us get hurt while others don’t?
Everyone is built differently,” the Sacramento boxer says,
trying to assess the sad circumstances that some face.
“Boxing is a ‘revolving door’–99 can walk in; 98 might walk
out. You just don’t know…”
Lopez enjoyed the film and was clearly affected by the
messages and images it brought forth. In the panel
discussion held last year, the pride of SacTown also
admitted to some memory issues of his own.
After seeing this gripping documentary and learning it was
available on DVD, I got in touch again with the filmmaker,
Ryan Pettey to catch up with him about “ATLR” and other
projects he’s working on. After the boxing film, the
director has just finished his second documentary called “A
Leap of Truth,” which will be released in a couple of
months. This one’s not about boxers, he describes it as
exploring “the divide between christianity and evolution
while attempting to bridge the gap between them.”
I asked the busy filmmaker for any updates on the boxers
featured in “ATLR” and if he’s stayed in touch with any of
“I have not stayed in touch with the boxers featured in the
film as much as I should have,” he tells me. “I know Kelsey
is finishing up her nursing program and that Phil Moyer is
still at the nursing home. I owe DaVarryl a phone call and
am not sure if he is still fighting.”
After a little investigating of my own, I quickly find out
that DaVarryl Williamson is indeed still fighting. In the
film, we see the now 42-year-old continuing in a career he
clearly loves while his wife shows concerns for his
long-term health and well being, after he was knocked out in
2004 by Wladimir Klitschko. His last knockout defeat was in
2009 by Ray Austin. But the Denver fighter’s skills–and
champion’s heart–have kept him in the ring. He now has a
27-6 record with 23 KOs. And just this past April, the
puncher was victorious in his bout against Michael Marrone
on the undercard of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament at
Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. On this night, Williamson
scored a seventh-round KO against his foe.
That feeling of accomplishment and victory is what makes
these men (and women) continue fighting.
And if we continue to cheer them on, you owe it to yourself
and the boxers to watch “After The Last Round” so that we
can all remain aware of the consequences that occur in our
“I really liked seeing your film; it made an impact on me,”
I tell Pettey. “And now I’m glad that other can purchase it
“Thanks so much for spreading the word about the DVD
donation giveaway. We are hoping that the gifting of DVDs
will help with exposure and momentum!” the young director
replies. “Thanks for everything and stay in touch.”
I hope that recognizing the plight of our prizefighters will
continue to gain momentum.
Speaking with Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs) today, the Bronx
brawler still attends live fights while working on the
protection and safety of fighters. Alex was at the Showtime
fights last Friday night at Chumash and loves the sport and
its heroes. He also mentions of seeing so many boxers get
hurt, even though they are the winners in their bouts.
“Boxing is a tough, tough game. I love the fighters–THEY
RISK THEIR LIVES!” Ramos tells me, his voice rising. He’s
had health issues of his own but he always says how grateful
he is for everything, especially Pettey and Moyer’s film.
“I’m so glad the film came out; I’m so thankful to God for
this!” Alex shares with me. “I’m grateful for anything that
has to do with boxing. And this film makes you think about a
lot of things–and it really makes you think about our
Please consider donating to the Alex Ramos’ worthwhile
charity to receive your own DVD.
To donate and receive “ATLR” DVD:
www.retiredboxers.org (Go to the “What’s New” section,
donate 15.00 or more to the nonprofit to receive your own
DVD copy of this film!)