In the near future, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. With his next and possibly last fight approaching and his robot in need of repair, he resorts to one last desperate gamble.

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Steel Kelly
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In the not too distant future, boxing has been banned and replaced by robot fighters in the ring. Sam "Steel" Kelly is a former boxer but now owns one of these pugilistic machines. Unfortunately his robot, which he's named Battling Maxo, is getting old and many of its parts are no longer available. Kelly is broke and is doing everything he can to ensure Battling Maxo can enter the ring as the promoter has made it clear there's no payment if there's no bout. When Maxo breaks down however, Kelly decides to takes its place. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in Maynard, Kansas on August 2, 1974. See more »

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Narrator: [opening narration] Sports item, circa 1974: Battling Maxo, B2, heavyweight, accompanied by his manager and handler, arrives in Maynard, Kansas, for a scheduled six-round bout. Battling Maxo is a robot, or, to be exact, an android, definition: an automaton resembling a human being. Only these automatons have been permitted in the ring since prizefighting was legally abolished in 1968. This is the story of that scheduled six-round bout, more specifically the story of two men shortly to face that ...
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A powerful story, with a strong human message.
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite of all the twilight zone episodes. The story of two men struggling to make a living in a time in the not-to-distant future, and not doing very well. The sport of boxing has been ruled too brutal for humans to engage in, and so it is now done only by robots. Lee Marvin and his pal field a robot, who after many bouts is falling apart and can't go any longer. But the two men have bills to pay, and have to field an entry in tonight's match. The opponent is the latest, newest, strongest model fighting machine robot - a truly frightening prospect. And guess who has to go up against it. This turns into a memorable tale of guts, determination, or just call it heart.


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