Champion presents the rags to riches story of a boxing, very well played by Kirk Douglas. Douglas excels in creating this endearing protagonist which is actually one of his early starring roles. Boxing pictures were a dime a dozen during the period but this one does standout through the vivid world it creates, granting a sense of desperation before the period of success. The success though is not an inspirational story instead depicting the central character becoming a vicious egomaniac, which Douglas also happens to excel at. The film delves deeper into the psyche of a man who fights for his life, but rather than finding the solace he only finds pain in his strive to be on top.