Ryan plays Bill "Stoker" Thompson, an aging boxer who has been on a losing streak. His wife, Julie (Audrey Totter), hates watching him get beat up and really wants him to quit the business. However, Bill, sure he is just one punch away from the top spot, tells her that "when you're a fighter, you gotta fight." So, certain he will be successful, he gets set for that night's fight, which will pit him---a 35 year-old---against an up-and-coming 23 year-old.
When Stoker hits the ring, he gives it everything he's got and puts up a fierce fight. What he doesn't know, though, is that he is supposed to lose. His manager already guaranteed Stoker's loss...only thing is, he failed to tell Stoker. And when the powers-that-be are double-crossed, there's a price to pay.