This gang member that harasses Tommy Riley, the protagonist of this underground boxing film, also proves to be a skeezy character inside the ring, putting a binding agent on his gloves in an effort to blind another fighter, Romano, during their fight. Once Romano’s vision is compromised, Short Cut beats him brutally to death.
Short Cut will NOT ge the spirit award for this showing.
These guys fought dirty, but they also fought smart, so their transgressions weren’t as scrutinized as many others on this list. They went after Daniel’s damaged leg by “sweeping” it, a movie that I have tried unsuccessfully in many barroom brawls.
While Daniel was able to recuperate quickly courtesy of Mr. Miyagi’s sensual massage, cheating is cheating. The fact that Dutch had a conscience about it immediately after performing the cheap shot is of little consolation.
Her reputation as a dirty fighter preceded her, as this German ex-prostitute went after Maggie viciously and cheaply, with several low blows and other assorted cheap shots. Of course, the cheating in this instance has some pretty profound repercussions, so the tragedy here isn’t just that Maggie Fitzgerald can’t take home the title, but rather that she never gets to go home again after the cheap shots.