Our Review: 'Mexican Fighter', Documentary on Cain Velasquez, Gilbert Melendez, & Miguel Torres

Posted: Apr 22 2014

‘Mexican Fighter’, a new documentary movie debuts today featuring three Hispanic boxers: Cain Velasquez, Gilbert Melendez, and Miguel Torres. It’s a unique view, filmed in both Spanish and English into the lives of each of the three fighters. (Don't worry, there are subtitles where needed.)

We, the viewer are touched to meet not just the three men, but also the families of each. We meet Cain, who touches briefly on growing up, and not seeing people in the media that looked like him. We are also introduced to Cain’s father, Efrain who speaks only Spanish and his mother Isabel. We also meet Cain’s trainer, who is spiritual and goes by the Aztec name for a hummingbird. We also catch a glimpse of Cain’s home life with him, his wife and his daughter. We are also introduced to Miguel Torres and watch him walk the streets of his hometown, San Francisco. We further follow Gilbert Melendez as he signs autographs for fans, and trains in the streets that remind him of his roots.

It’s a colorful film, richly depicted and filled with images of Mexico, the U.S., and the cultures that fill the Hispanic space in the U.S. For boxing fans, as well as those interested in learning about the backstory behind their favorite fighters, the movie is a touching and colorful way to learn about the story behind their favorite fighters. 

Cain Velasquez is a mixed martial artist who fight in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) where he is a two-time and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. He’s ranked #1 in the world by Sherdog. 

Gilbert Melendez competes in the Lightweight division of the UFC. He’s a two-time Strikefoce Lightweight Champion and he’s also a former WEC Lightweight Champion.

Miguel Torres is a mixed martial artist who formerly competed for the UFC and currently competes in the World Series of Fighting’s Bantamweight division.

The movie is out on DVD on November 5th, 2013. It will be available in Wal-Mart, iTunes, Play Station, Amazon Digital, Amazon.com, Xbox and Netflix.   

-Hispanic.com

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