Two men on a ring are punching each other, each blow reverberating from their skin to the heated audience.
The room is filled with sweat and brimming with anticipation, the boxers keeping entirely focused on their task. Everything is happening in slow-motion to the beat of the cheers, until one of the fighters is knocked to the ground, leaving the other victorious and… snoring in a small office filled with junk.
Doug, Brad Moore (“North v South”, “Golden Years”), is an ex boxing champion whose hours of glory are well behind him – now, he takes care of Taffy’s Gym, an inheritance from his late mentor and the habitual meeting spot of a heteroclite group of boxers and trainers, all friends with one another and deeply attached to the place.
But just when the young Donny, Laurie Kynaston (“Cradle To Grave (TV)”, “England Is Mine”), enters the gym with the ambition of following in the steps of his sportive family, Doug, riddled with debts, is about to lose the gym to two businessmen (Matt Barber (“Downton Abbey (TV)”, “Plastic”) & Tom Craine (“Josh (TV)”, “Phil’s Ill (TV)”) who plan to turn it into a modern gym specializing in yoga and zumba.
With the help of Donny’s mother Vera, Denise Van Outen (“Eastenders (TV)”, “Hotel Babylon (TV)”), Doug and his friends start to train Vera’s brother, Greg Orvis (“Vikings (TV)”, “Any Given Sunday”), a boxing champion about to take on an important bare-knuckled fight that could win them enough money to pay off the debts and keep the gym.