Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.
Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a highschool dropout and his grocery store job is leading nowhere. His best friend is sinking further and further into drug addiction. Some street kids are after him for something he didn't even do. So Alfred begins going to Donatelli's Gym, a boxing club in Harlem that has trained champions. There he learns it's the effort, not the win, that makes the man -- that last desperate struggle to get back on your feet when you thought you were down for the count.
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Review: The ContenderUser Review - Becky - Goodreads
The story of Alfred Brooks, a high school dropout who turns to boxing instead of some of the unhealthy behaviors his friends are picking up. Along the way he gets to know people who really provide a ... Read full review
Review: The ContenderUser Review - Padjet2 - Goodreads
Third person narration of Alfred Brook. He lives with his Aunt Pearl. Finds a point to his life in boxing after he quit highs school due to lose of interest and commitment. The "I want to be a contender!" scene made the text a bit cliche. Read full review