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Robert Emmet Hogan, son of Tim Hogan, a great pugilist, battles his way to light heavyweight championship of the world. Ed Davis, his closest friend, who worships Hogan and aspires to a career of his own, introduces the fighter to Helen, his sister, who despises the ring and its followers. Hogan, at the insistence of his ambitious manager, "Big Joe" Morgan, is matched to fight a leading contender, but at the last minute Ed is persuaded to substitute for the contender; Hogan agrees to fight Ed if he will abandon his plans for a career; Hogan scores a knockout, and Morgan strikes Ed in a fury, killing him. Hogan, though found innocent of manslaughter, swears to quit the ring. Taunted by Morgan's accusation of cowardice, Hogan challenges him in the ring. The Texas Kid divulges the secret of Davis' murder to Helen; learning the truth from Helen, Hogan wins the fight and Helen's confidence.