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After hard-drinking Edwin J. Bennett, a washed-up boxing manager who calls himself "Professer," sees Steve Morgan, a strapping sailor, knock out a drunk in a bar, he arranges for him to fight in a bout with a one-hundred dollar purse. To the Professor's surprise, Steve defeats his more experienced opponent in the match's first round. Sure that the egotistical Steve is the stuff of champions, the Professor stops his own drinking and orders the sailor to begin a rigorous training program in the country. While running with the Professor, Steve witnesses an automobile accident and rescues beautiful Belle Mercer from an overturned car. Steve takes the unconscious Belle to a nearby farmhouse and nurses her until she is steady enough to leave. Grateful for Steve's help, Belle accepts his invitation to his next boxing match but, after the bout, declines to see him again. From the Professor, who warns him against romantic distractions of any sort, Steve learns that Belle is the longtime girl friend of notorious gambler Willie Ryan. Steve follows Belle to Ryan's nightclub, where Belle is a singer, and boldly presents himself as a romantic rival. Although Belle assures Ryan that she is not seriously interested in Steve, she is unable to turn him away when he follows her to her apartment and professes his love. A few days later, Belle announces to Ryan that she and Steve have married. Heartbroken and stunned, Ryan blesses the marriage but tells his trigger-happy bodyguard, Adopted Son, that if Steve ever were to make Belle unhappy, he would kill him. Belle then convinces the suspicious Professor of her sincere love for Steve and agrees to postpone their honeymoon until his training is complete. While Steve wins a series of boxing matches, the box office success of which is fuelled in part by Belle's notoriety, he also wins the attention of many admiring women. Although Ryan warns her about Steve's philandering, Belle insists that his flirtations are harmless and dedicates herself to becoming a more loving wife. However, when Belle catches Steve in an obvious lie, she confronts him with his infidelity and threatens to divorce him if he strays again. Steve vows to remain faithful, but just before he is to box in the heavyweight championship bout, he finds himself performing in a vaudeville revue with a row of pretty chorus girls. When Belle finds one of the chorus girls in Steve's dressing room, she denounces him and returns to Ryan and his nightclub. Determined to put Steve out of Belle's life, Ryan invests $25,000 in the championship bout and, to over-inflate Steve's already enormous ego, bets heavily in his favor. In spite of the match's frantic publicity, Steve sinks into a depression and, in a drunken rage, fires the Professor. Without Belle and the Professor's support, Steve falters through the first rounds of the Madison Square bout with heavyweight champion Primo Carnera. When, however, both the Professor and Belle pledge their support from the stands, Steve regains his drive and battles Carnera to a draw. Seeing that Belle still loves Steve, Ryan finally releases her to him and gives his unconditional blessing to their rejunevated union.