Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Ex-Boxer Hitting The Screenwriting Biz

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you think all ex-boxers are punch-drunk idiots, Randy Shields would like to have a word with you.

Lots of words, because he’s now a screenwriter.

Shields is former junior welterweight champion who successfully fought against Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns.

He’s 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 doesn’t fit that mold.

He always knew he wanted to be a writer and would spar with his typewriter when he wasn’t 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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