Follow-up: Friday Night Throwdown Inspires a Movie

Rockstar Charlie - photo by Edel Kelly, courtesy of

Yesterday we linked to the New York Times’ feature on “Friday Night Throwdown,” the uber-hip underground boxing event frequently held in LES warehouse spaces. Later in the day, I spoke with filmmaker Michelle Groskopf, who’s making a documentary about Throwdown’s biggest star.

Several years ago, Michelle recognized the up-and-comer, sometimes referred to as “Rockstar Charlie,” was someone to watch. He’s now an undefeated boxer, aiming for the super middleweight title of the Golden Gloves (and an aspiring model about to land a contract with a major agency). Charlie has been training seriously for a few years now and is being coached by Brooklyn trainer Leon Taylor, (“the greatest fighter never known”).

More Attention for Underground Fights on the LES

Image via New York Times/T Magazine.

There have been quite a few stories in the past couple of years about Friday Night Throwdown, the underground boxing events frequently held in LES warehouse spaces.  Now T Magazine (NYT) weighs in with a big feature on the fights, which were held most recently at 88 East Broadway, under the Manhattan Bridge.