After seeing Jake Gyllenhall in Southpaw and Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Tyler Lepley knew he had to bring it for his role as Jaxon Hollie in Ringside. In the Russ Parr-directed film, Lepley plays an undefeated boxer who has to battle some personal obstacles while preparing for the biggest fight of his career.
Lepley told HipHollywood there was definitely some pressure, but he was up for the challenge. “There was pressure, for me the pressure doesn’t necessarily come from the competition of what someone looks like, or even the competition of what someone else is doing; it’s the competition of, ‘Can I do what’s necessary to bring the physicality into this character?’ because it has to be real onscreen.”
Thankfully, Lepley was already in killer shape, and he had his cousin, who is a professional boxer, to help him train. “The dude is ripped,” laughed Parr. “It would have been very difficult for us to cast somebody that wasn’t in great shape.”
Jackie Long, Allen Maldonado and Sevyn Streeter also star in the film, and we talked to Streeter about making her acting debut playing Lepley’s sister.
“Selita is Jaxon’s younger sister, and she is just a young lady trying to find herself,” laughed Streeter, who crafted her character around some girls she’s seen in the industry. “Thotting and bopping is what I like to call it. She thots and bops from producer to producer. And fortunately I’ve been in session where I’ve seen thotting and bopping, so I knew exactly what that looked like.”
Ringside premieres on TV One on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with an immediate encore at 9 p.m. ET and an additional airing on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.