Boxing is a small move with making a difference in life
In the story "The Contender" the main character is Alfred Brooks. He and his friends were going down a troubled road. But Alfred decided to pick up his life after an event and become a boxer.
Alfred and his best friend James have to make a decision on whether to rob Alfred's bosses store. But Alfred makes the wrong choice and ends up getting beat up.
As the story goes along Alfred picks up his life by doing better at his job, not partying or doing drugs, and eating healthier to be a boxer at Mr.Donatelli's gym.
When Alfred started boxing he and stopped seeing his friends he becomes self distant with others.
Alfred ends up being a really good boxer.