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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Finally, Buster's tale comes to the big screen

The tale of Columbus boxer James "Buster" Douglas was a quick one.

One minute, he shocked the world, knocking out the "Baddest Man on the Planet" Mike Tyson in Tokyo to win the heavyweight belt, the next he was knocked himself by Evander Holyfield months later. It was the end of one of the most improbable sports stories in some time.

It all happened in 1990, which means there's a generation of people who don't know the story of Buster Douglas. Thankfully, Hollywood is making sure moviegoers don't forget it.

The Columbus Dispatch reported this week "Buster," a movie about Douglas' monumental upset of Tyson, is expected to begin shooting this fall.

John Johnson, Douglas' former manager, spearheaded the effort to get Douglas' story to the big screen. The group is close to signing screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, who penned "Hoosiers" and "Rudy" to a contract next week, according to The Dispatch.

If you can't wait for the movie, check out the book, "The Last Great Fight" about the Tyson-Douglas fight. It's one of the best sports book I've ever read.

- Mark Podolski, @mpodo


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