Tan's last hurrah subject of documentary
Airs Sept. 18 prior to HBO bout
September 10, 2004
|The trials and tribulations of
two Canadian boxers is the subject of a one-hour pay-per-view television
documentary co-produced by Mississauga's Andy Dumas and Burlington's Dale
Last Man Standing will air Saturday, Sept. 18 at 4-, 5-, 6- and 7 p.m. on the Bell Express Vu (BEV) satellite system before the broadcast of the HBO middleweight boxing title fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas.
The film is a behind-the-scenes look at boxing and the trials of two competitors --Mississauga's Rico Tan and Winnipeg's Brooke Wellby -- vying for the vacant Canadian welterweight title, before and after the title fight.
Going into the bout last November at the Brampton Sports and Entertainment Complex, Tan was the number one contender and Wellby was ranked number three. Wellby won the fight, stopping Tan in the sixth round and prompting the latter's subsequent retirement.
"It's a cool Canadian sport story with a dramatic ending," said Dumas, the fitness boxing coordinator at Huron Park Fitness Centre in Mississauga. "I'm excited about this show. It's not connected with the fight (De La Hoya-Hopkins) but it will run before it."
The project was produced at Andrews' Eastwood Multimedia company in Burlington at a cost of about $20,000. Andrews and Dumas started filming Wellby in training close to a year ago. Tan entered the equation about a week before the bout.
"Brooke's father Arthur, who is his trainer and manager is an interesting guy in the show. Arthur is a former boxer himself," said Dumas. "I've wanted to do something on Rico for a long time. There's a lot of training footage. The fighters gave us total access. "We had about 20 60-minute tapes and did 300 hours of editing."
The cost is $3.99 before tax. BEV is interested in running the show again in October, Dumas said. Dumas said the show will be condensed into 45 minutes and will be entered in documentary film festivals.
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