Knockout (2011 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anne Wheeler
Produced by Jack Nasser
Written by Joseph Nasser
Starring Steve Austin
Daniel Magder
Music by Daniel Seguin
Edited by James Ilecic
Distributed by Phase 4 Films
Release date
  • March 5, 2011 (2011-03-05)
Running time
91 mins.
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $1 million

Knockout (also called Born to Fight) is a 2011 Canadian-American sports drama film directed by Anne Wheeler. The film stars Steve Austin, and Daniel Magder.


Dan Barnes (Steve Austin) is a former pro boxer who retired after growing weary of his violent existence. While Matthew learns how to box and stand up to his tormentors, one of whom is the school boxing champ (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), Dan's new found role as a teacher helps him come to terms with his tumultuous past. Throughout the film Matthew (Daniel Magder), is in a constant being bullied by Jaren, on various occasions Jaren and his friends targeted Matthew and would constantly do anything to get under his skin. Matthew had a passion for boxing, due to the fact that his grandfather was one of the top boxers at his earlier age. Matthew had troubles with his mom and step father accepting him to join the boxing club at school. Matthew had to argue back and forth with his family in order for his parent's to allow him to join the boxing club. Once he got accepted into the school boxing club, the first day he had to spar with his tormentor bully Jaren. As they sparred in the boxing rink, Jaren was very aggressive towards Matthew. Once the referee blew the whistle and said stop fighting, Matthew took a cheap shot at Jaren which led him to being kicked out of the boxing club on the first day. Dan the janitor saw the whole thing, and talked to Matthew, noticing Matthew was really upset about the entire situation. Dan then took the responsibility of helping Matthew achieve his boxing dream. Matthew trained, and did whatever it took to become the best he could be. With the help of his coach Dan, Matthew was able to train and become a better boxer. Throughout his training with Dan, Dan trained him both mentally and physically, and gave Matthew an opportunity to box his all time bully Jaren and gave him another opportunity to join back into the boxing club.


  • Steve Austin – Dan Barnes
  • Daniel Magder – Matthew Miller
  • Jaren Brandt Bartlett – Hector Torres
  • Emma Grabinsky – Ruby
  • Tess Atkins – Teresa Terrel
  • Samuel Patrick Chu – Nick Wirthlin
  • Julian Domingues – Joe Fielder
  • Scott Hylands – Grandfather Charlie Putman
  • Janet Kidder – Christine Miller
  • Sean Devine – Jacob Miller
  • Roman Podhura – Coach Harward
  • Catherine Lough Hagquist – Principal Lee
  • Adrian Formosa – Avery
  • Jay Jauncey – Ray
  • Benjamin Ratner – Mr. Doyle
  • Bronwen Smith – Mrs. Nasher


Knockout was set and filmed onsite in Aldergrove, and White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, and Tacoma, Washington in April and May 2010.

External links[edit]


“Born to Fight (2011).” IMDb,, 26 Apr. 2011,

Nasser, Jack, and Evan Jacobs. “Born to Fight (Knockout).” Born to Fight (Knockout) (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes, 6 Nov. 2017,