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Showtime Sets ‘The Kings’ Boxing Documentary Series

Tommy Hearns is profiled in Showtime's 'The Kings'
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 Showtime will chronicle the classic 1980s rivalry between four champion boxers in a new documentary series The Kings to premiere June 6. 

The four-part series will chronicle the battles between boxers Roberto 'hands of stone" Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas "the hitman" Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, said network officials. 

The Kings spotlights boxing's evolution from the end of Muhammad Ali's era to the era of the four boxers, set against the seismic political and socio-economic shifts taking place in the United States. Through in-depth interviews and archival footage, the series also examines the very personal battles that each man waged on his unique journey to the center of the sports world, said Showtime.

“These four men defined an era in boxing,” Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza said in a statement. “Their individual stories, forever linked by the spectacular battles they waged, reflect a tumultuous period in American culture and history. The Kings takes the viewer beyond the glorious action of some of history’s most memorable prizefights to illuminate each man’s dramatic journey and the societal context that made them stars of sports and popular culture.” 

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.