In 1910, during the Mexican Revolution, the Federal troops of unpopular Mexican President Porfirio Díaz wreak havoc in the countryside eliminating all resistance. The supporters of the Opposition politician Francisco Madero organize armed resistance against Diaz but they need money and weapons. When Federal troops devastate a Mexican village that sheltered fugitive rebel army leader Durango, the soldiers kill most inhabitants but villager Felipe Rivera escapes. He illegally crosses the border into the United States at El Paso, Texas. In El Paso, Felipe seeks help from a Mexican printing shop that prints revolutionary sheets meant to familiarize Americans with the plight of the Mexican rebels. The printing shop hires Felipe as a helper. In order to support himself, Felipe becomes a prize-fighter. Some of the money he wins also goes to the printing shop as a contribution to the cause. Later, Felipe meets a boxing promoter who gradually brings Felipe to the forefront of local boxing
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