«The fighter» it is not just a film of growth personal (and economic) and redemption trough of box; the essence is the family drama and portrait of they environment, which is good represented due to a magnificent performances (Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and even, Mark Wahlberg).
There are too many problems in Ward/Eklund's famil, it could say that everyone affect the boxing career of Micky. Until appears Charlene, who is Micky's better half, attempting to change this situation, resulting the tipycal "family vs girlfriend".
There's no a complete plot about boxing -many briefly fights, yes-, but has a final quarrel to justified all the film. Also, it has touches of comedy, bordering on pathetic, what mades it surprisingly poignant.