YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A documentary is in the works, showcasing the valley's most prominent boxers.
2 Ticks & The Dog Productions has partnered with Defend Youngstown's Phil Kidd and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to create the project entitled "This is Titletown."
According to a news release, the film centers on the five world champions of Youngstown: Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Harry Arroyo, Jeff Lampkin, Greg Richardson, and Kelly Pavlik. The spotlight focuses on the boxing greats' rise to fame and how Youngstown's people helped shape their careers.
Project organizers say the city, like the fighters, persevered through tough times to overcome the odds. The working class community rallied behind their boxing heroes, proving Youngstown's ability to thrive through adversity, regardless of economic hardship. The film hopes to shed a positive light on the city and its championship traditions.
The filmmakers are hoping to utilize any boxing footage, pictures, and memorabilia donated from local sources. Some interviews have already been filmed, with more to come in locations in and around the Youngstown-Warren area.
Filmmakers are soliciting funds for the documentary. Donors will receive special perks for their contributions, such as signed movie posters, t-shirts, and wristbands.
Donors can view the IndieGoGo page by visiting the film's web site, thisistitletown.com, and then clicking the "Get Involved" tab.