USA Set to Debut Ring of Fire2/22/2005 9:09 AM Eastern
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story will make its exclusive television debut on USA Network April 20 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST), the network said Tuesday.
The film, directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger, chronicles the life of six-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith, who killed then-champion Benny "Kid" Paret in the ring in 1962.
It includes interviews with Paret's wife and son, as well as noted journalists and boxers of the day including Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill, Neal Gabler, the late Jack Newfield, Charles Kaiser, Carmen Basilio, Jose Torres, Gene Fullmer and Juan LaPorte.
Ring of Fire debuted at the recent Sundance Film Festival.
"We were eager to get Ring of Fire on the air as soon as possible in order to capitalize on the extraordinary acclaim generated at the Sundance Film Festival," USA Network and Sci Fi Channel president Bonnie Hammer said in a prepared statement. "We are truly proud to bring this provocative, deeply moving film to a nationwide audience."