If you love a good underdog story then the movie Fighting may be right up your alley. Chances are double if you also enjoy movies based around boxing. Channing Tatum stars in this movie as Sean MacArthur, a rough and tough New York city kid who hustles fake goods out on the street corner. Harvey Boarden, played by Terrence Howard, is a ticket scalper that controls the corner that Sean is trying to sell on. Harvey has his hired thugs attempt to rough Sean up and make him leave when Sean surprises them all by fighting them off. Sean wins the fight but the thugs end up with all of his money and merchandise.
When Sean runs into Harvey and his thugs later he has the guts to stand up to them and demand his money back and Harvey actually gives him his money back. Harvey is motivated to be nice for his own gains. He wants to use Sean for illegal underground fights after he saw his skills with his boys. Sean wins his first fight and Harvey takes him to a club to celebrate. He meets Zulay, a young single mother there that he is interested in. He once tried to sell her some of his counterfeit goods. Before things can go anywhere between the two he runs into another fighter named Evan that he used to know and almost gets into a fight so they leave.
Eventually Sean and Zulay enter into a relationship together. One day Harvey stops by her house and Sean is crushed thinking that the two are having an affair together. They assure him that is not the case and that Zulay helps to place bets for him. In the end Sean agrees to fight Evan and throw the fight but ends up reversing the bet and not throwing it. Sean, Zulay and Harvey are set for life.