HOUSTON – The legendary fight gym “Main Street Boxing & Muay Thai” stands tall since the 1960’s in downtown Houston. It houses multiple champions in various weight classes and fighting promotions. You can spot the current WBC interim light-welterweight champion Regis Prograis and UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis.
Combat sports has skyrocketed in popularity over the past 5 years rivaling Boxing pay-per-views. Notable stars like Conor Mcgregor, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones have placed the UFC into the mainstream spotlight changing pop culture forever. During this time, Derrick “Black Beast” Lewis has gone viral multiple times with his comedic post fight statements like “My Balls Was Hot” after responding to a question about his trunks.
Notable trainer Bob Perez has trained numerous fighters that have ultimately gone on to fight for major fight promotions. When they discussed the project idea, Perez shared many inspiring and heart breaking stories when dealing with fighters outside of the ring. He said if he could choose the title of the project, he’d call it “The Hurt Business”. He recalls going to Thailand and seeing female fighters as young as 8 years old training as rough as the boys.
Compound Films has partnered with the gym to create engaging content and ultimately produce a “Netflix-Quality” docu-series. The project would document fighter’s journey unwrapping the purpose of competing in such a brutal and bloody sport. The goal is to shine light on current champions, competing contenders, and rising amateurs documenting their back story on this violent journey.
They plan to film a pilot episode in late January to test for demand and document the interest for Netflix submission.