The undefeated athlete turned down an offer to box in the 1984 Olympics in exchange for his freedom.
Although most still connect Nigerian-American actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to the cult classic series The Wire, he's been having a solid run of playing complex characters in TV and in film so far this year.
In the trailer for Heart, Baby!—a film based on a true story directed by Angela Shelton—Akinnagbe plays George Lee Martin, an invincible prison boxer serving time in the Central Tennessee State Penitentiary.
The film tells the story of Martin, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for armed robbery at 18 years old, Deadline reports. He turned down an offer from the US Olympic team in exchange for his freedom in 1984.