Authored by T. Scott McLeod
What Gives Life Meaning?
Tabo Mosi retires from boxing: the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of The World. He lost his mother when he was young, and now he's lost his father. The Grim Reaper, Old Father Time, this is the opponent which none of us can defeat. Tabo's life emptied out of everything which once gave it meaning, how should he now spend his time?
Fatherhood and marriage call to him, having children and raising them with a woman he loves calls to him, but the only woman he ever really loved, he already let go when he was young.
Life unfolds like in fights: it's always the unexpected which makes it great. A new kid with a ton of potential, Tabo mentors him and teaches him the wisdom of The Ring: the things Tabo learned from his father; the things which allowed Tabo to succeed. Focus. Dedication. Decency. Digging deep because you've only got one chance, one opportunity, to see how far you can reach, to see how far you can go, to see if you can become, The Champ.
The older generation makes way for the younger generation, and nobody can be The Champ forever. We all get old, and maybe Tabo has already passed his time and will never find a woman with whom he can fall in love and start a family. He's made his choices, and now he has to live with them. It seems as if everyone knows him. Look, it's The Champ! The Champ! There's The Champ! There are plenty of women who are interested in him, but Tabo wants to find someone who loves him for who he is, and not for his fame, nor his fortune.
At a party, Tabo meets Sofia, a high school English teacher who knows nothing about boxing, nor of what Tabo has accomplished. Tabo is drawn to her, but can he keep his past from her a secret so that her love for him can grow before she discovers what he's achieved? Once Tabo stepped into the ring, and this was his life, but now in the warm embrace of Sofia, Tabo thinks about other rings, and wonders if together, he and Sofia will go all the way.
Humanizing and heartfelt, a testament to the sweet tenderness which resides in us all, The Champ will leave you with the greatest riches of all – gratitude and appreciation for the life you have, and the people with whom you share it.