Shot on location in New Orleans, "Heart of A Champion: A Documentary on Roy Jones Jr." to Stream Trailer Online Before the Third Tarver-Jones Rematch

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Atlanta-based Digital Soul Inc., will be streaming a trailer of their acclaimed film, "Heart of A Champion: A Documentary on Roy Jones Jr.," for boxing fans everywhere as a prequel to the third match-up between longtime opponents Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday, October 1, 2005. The trailer will be available online only this weekend off the Digital Soul website located at digital-soul.com, and will give audiences an intense, inside look at the last match-up between Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Private screening parties will also take place in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta-based Digital Soul Inc.(http://www.digital-soul.com), will be streaming a trailer of their acclaimed film, "Heart of A Champion: A Documentary on Roy Jones Jr.," for boxing fans everywhere as a prequel to the third match-up between longtime opponents Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday, October 1, 2005. The trailer will be available online only this weekend off the Digital Soul website located at http://www.digital-soul.com, and will give audiences an intense, inside look at the last match-up between Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Private screening parties will also take place in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.

On the heels of big box office films such as "Million Dollar Baby" and "Cinderella Man," "Heart of A Champion" presents a rare, up-close view of the training camp of Roy Jones Jr., and reveals an intimate look inside the mind of the champ and those around him as he trained for his highly anticipated 2004 rematch with the hungry challenger, Antonio Tarver, for the title of Light Heavyweight.

Shot in New Orleans, the documentary begins three weeks prior to the Mandalay Bay bout. Sports aficionados considered the first Jones-Tarver fight, in November 2003, the toughest fight of Jones' career. Jones ultimately won by a controversial decision, but the turn of events immediately set the wheels in motion for another dramatic showdown in May 2004. The riveting documentary tells the story of Jones' thoughts, training and preparation leading up to the unexpected outcome of the highly anticipated rematch. Also featured in the film is Mackie Shilstone, the fitness guru to stars such as Wesley Snipes and Manute Bol.

Roy Jones Jr., considered by many as one of the greatest elite "pound for pound" world champions in the history of boxing, has ruled every weight class he fought since turning professional over 15 years ago. Considered unbeatable, retaining both World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) belts, Jones' greatest accomplishment came in 2003 when he went up in weight class and defeated John Ruiz in a decisive battle to capture the coveted Heavyweight title. For the first time in 106 years, a boxer had successfully climbed from a Middleweight class to the top of the boxing world.

After losing the second match to Tarver, many boxing critics say that Jones' legacy is on the line with the upcoming fight. The third Light Heavyweight Tarver-Jones rematch will take place in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, October 1st, at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), and will be available through HBO's Pay-Per-View service (http://www.hbo.com/boxing).

"Heart of a Champion" was produced and directed by DeVaughn Ali Khan, an Atlanta filmmaker whose credits include BET's "Live From Paradise" and over 40 Hip-Hop and R&B music videos for artists such as Prince and P.Diddy. The film was also co-produced by Bart Phillips of Black Bart Productions. Image Entertainment (http://www.image-entertainment.com) will be distributing the documentary on DVD on November 1, 2005, with a runtime of 54 minutes. "Heart of A Champion" has already been screened in festivals coast to coast, including the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the New York's famous Urbanworld Film Festival.

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