The Boxer is a film about ambition, character, courage, and pure grit. Ben (Josh Dallas) has just gotten out of prison, and he's down on his luck when a grizzled old boxing coach hires him on as a cleaner in his gym. Joe (Stacy Keach) has seen his share of victories and defeats, and as Ben begins to show talent as a fighter, Joe puts him in the ring during practice. There, Ben starts to reconnect with the world, but he refuses to fight until it becomes clear that he will never have any respect from the other boxers, let alone the lovely Natalie (Kelly Adams) unless he learns to step up and earn it. However, Kevin (Henry Garrett), the gym's bullying prodigy, is determined to keep his reputation (and Natalie) at any cost, and Ben is forced to decide who he is, and what he's willing to fight for.