The Making of a Champ – The Adam “Bricker” Harris Uncensored Boxing Story
The Making of a Champ is a human interest story that has a personal connection for me. Slice of Americana Films co-producer Tim Beachum and I have been friends for close to 8 years. We have been through hell together producing entertainment that has built loyalty in a business not known for loyalty. When Tim told me about a new project he had that was titled The Making of a Champ on his nephew from West Virginia named Adam “Bricker” Harris going for boxing glory I was glad to be involved. Below is the backstory that I received from The Making of the Champ training camp. This is Sid Kali signing off from here…
The Making of a Champ chronicles one boxer’s relentless desire to achieve the impossible, to beat all the odds against him, to push his body and spirit to the limit to go after what everyone told him could not be done – winning a World Title Belt. Follow the journey of Adam “Bricker” Harris on his quest to become a world champion boxer. This project is raw, uncensored, and the outcome is unknown in this real life drama. Viewers will be there to witness every triumph or failure this everyman experiences has he pursues his dream with tenacious determination. See this humble boxer rise or fall in the ring. Whatever happens in the boxing ring you will be inspired to go after your own dream that people tell you can’t be done.
Adam made the decision in 2009 that he wanted to give boxing a try. No one knew that he had started training at a local gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia called 757 Boxing Club. After three weeks of training and a single local match bad luck hit hard and almost shattered Adam’s boxing dreams. During his first match Adam broke a bone in his hand and was told by the doctor it would be best to let it heal naturally.
The Making of a Champ Boxing Class Hits a Brick Wall
Adam spent the next few months contemplating life. The only thing that seemed certain in Adam’s mind is that he did not want to live and die and just be another name in the obituaries. He wanted to leave his mark on the world, and in his heart he felt that boxing was the key. It was at that time that he decided to recruit his Uncle Tim Beachum to be his manager. Boxing is a business and Tim has a background in marketing, filmmaking, and is a boxing enthusiast that appreciates the sport as art and war in a ring.
The first question that Adam’s Uncle asked him was, “Why do you want to do this?” Without hesitation Adam responded, “I want to be the best, I want to leave my mark on the world.” The two then spent the next month putting together a battle plan. Once again boxing class was back in. Adam used his knowledge as a personal trainer to put together his own training program.
Tim Beachum began reaching out to some of his contacts to gather boxing footage of the best fights ever. Adam and Tim would spend countless hours studying fighters such as, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Archie Moore, Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao, and specifically Mike Tyson. The two would study their styles, as well as their training habits, and taking notes. This is what they considered their boxing class.
No More Boxing Class – Do or Die for The Making of a Champ
After a month, boxing class was out and it was time to start putting what they learned to the test. Adam once again recruited another member to come join his team. He called his brother (Tyme Hammond – law student, athlete, and entrepreneur) Tyme relocated from Ohio to Virginia and the game plan continued.
Tim knew that in the amateur boxing division there were usually three two minute rounds. Adam started training using seven ten minute rounds. Right from the beginning Tim made the slip-bag an integral part of Adam’s training. Due to Adam’s incredible hitting power, it was decided he had to train as an inside fighter to play to his strength.
After a little over year of training as a tight-knit two family team Adam had the ability to hit hard with either hand, punching power that can rock opponents is fierce. This alone was an incredible task to accomplish.
Tim knew it is one thing to shadow box, and hit the heavy bag. It is another story when punches are being thrown back at you. Once again Tim reached out to some of his contacts to set up boxing sparring matches for Adam with opponents that had way more experience and that were physically stronger than Adam.
The Making of a Champ Boxing Class on Hold
All though the outcome was amazing there was still a lot of work that needed to be done. There were bad habits that Adam had that Tim did not have the knowledge to correct. The two decided to once again meet up with legendary boxer/boxing trainer Reggie Barnett Sr. and his camp (Owner of 757 Boxing Club of Virginia Beach) and seek their guidance to help improve on what the two had already managed to achieve. Two days after starting training bad luck once again reared its ugly head. Adam, stretching in order to throw a jab pulled his muscle and went down to the canvas. The dream of becoming a world champion fighter once again seemed like an unreachable destination.
Adam was relieved after seeing his doctor that it was only a level one injury and should not take more than a week or two before he could spar again. Keep in mind the Golden Gloves are weeks away…. Will Adam “Bricker” Harris be able to compete? Could this be the end of a career before it ever had a chance to start? Join “The Making of a Champ” mailing list to keep up to date and to see what will happen next.
As you can see, boxing class is still in…The Making of a Champ is produced by Tim Beachum and sponsored by Slice of Americana Films and filmmaker Sid Kali.
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