Back in the Day: Familiar Melodrama of Poverty and Boxing

Set in both the late 1980s and current day, Back in the Day tells the story of Anthony Rodriguez (William DeMeo), a half Italian-half Puerto Rican teenager, growing up on the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
The film is directed by Paul Borghese  from a script by William DeMeo.
At that time, the place was a racist neighborhood filled with bullies, big shots and social clubs.  Anthony was forced to endure an abusive, alcoholic father but was blessed with a nurturing, hard-working mother whom he loses at a very early age.  Against all odds, he struggles to uphold the morals his Mother taught him and retain his dignity.
Anthony is taken under the wing of a local mob boss, Enzo DeVino (Michael Madsen), who along with his boss Gino (Alec Baldwin) supports Anthony’s wish to become a boxer.
Enzo assigns Anthony a trainer, Eddie “Rocks” Trevor (Danny Glover), who turns him into a contender. As Anthony journeys into adulthood with the impossible goal of achieving a successful professional boxing career, he manages to not only go pro, but to fight his way to the Middleweight championship.
Love and loss, humiliation and retaliation all play major roles in his journey, but when he finally makes it to the top he realizes that the real fight was outside the ring.