Lots of words, because hes now a screenwriter.
Shields is former junior welterweight champion who successfully fought against Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas The Hitman Hearns.
Hes long retired and is now taking a swing at writing screenplays, in part, to change the cinematic portrayal of pugilists.
In his words, All boxers are portrayed as stupid, idiotic bullies who are collectors. I call it the Rocky Balboa Syndrome.
Shields doesnt fit that mold.
He always knew he wanted to be a writer and would spar with his typewriter when he wasnt sparring in the gym.
He hopes to see the fruits of his labor come to fruition in a new movie, Within Reach, which is about a boxer who tries to find his long lost father.
In the meantime, he will be inducted into the Golden State Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday (Aug. 12) and the California Boxing Hall of Fame a week after that (Aug. 19).
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