Damon Feldman was born to be a champion. His father, Marty Feldman was a middleweight champion turned trainer and a member of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of fame. After the divorce of his parents, six year old Damon and his younger  brother David fell on hard times when their mother was a victim of domestic violence, and became a paraplegic, unable to care for her sons. Marty, struggling at that time, had to place them with family friends. Damon longed to be with his father, and at age ten, begged to go live with him again. Together with some champion boxers Marty was training, the Fletcher brothers, Frank and Anthony, this pseudo family became the foundation of Damon’s training to become a champion. Damon got his first taste of the celebrity spotlight when he was featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine for winning the Philadelphia Junior Olympic boxing title in the 13-and-under 112-pound class. At 19 he turned Pro, earning much attention from local papers and TV news with the nickname “The Jewish Bomber”. Damon was 9-0 with 4 knockouts, and was destined to become a world champion, before another devastating blow hit him. A fall facilitated a career ending injury and he never boxed professionally again. Determined not to let his setback keep him from what he loved, Damon became a promoter himself and went on to pair the most unlikely characters in the ring. He gained a national presence as he promoted and helped celebrities who were misunderstood and down on their luck, giving them their "16th Minute" of fame by stepping in the ring. His first major Celebrity Boxing match pitted Rodney King, the man whose name became synonymous with police brutality, with an ex-police officer, bringing a huge crowd. His matches got bigger and bigger, and included celebrities and tabloid characters like Danny Bonaduce, Jose Canseco, Tonya Harding, and Octo-Mom. Damon's heart grew bigger as well, often staging fights for charity. He promoted and helped people who were down on their luck, and garnered a national presence. He married and had children. But then, he faced his biggest challenge, experiencing deep depression, along with excessive drinking, over the illness of his father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. After his divorce, he sunk lower than even he could have imagined, and, in an ironic twist, made a personally painful mistake that led to jail time. During the solitude of that experience, Damon focused solely on his children and made up his mind to be a father they would be proud of and look up to, just as he idolized Marty. After serving his sentence, Damon's renewed determination to get back on track has led him in directions he never dreamed. Damon’s "never quit" attitude is creating a movement, his events have a unique way of bringing people together from all walks of life, not only cheering the boxers or performers on but each other to be their best, and go for their dreams. 

 

And now the Jewish Rocky's story will be shared on the screen, in his own 16th Minute.