At home, Archie (KJ Apa) is thrilled to learn that his mom, Mary (Molly Ringwald), is filling in for his dad, Fred (Luke Perry), who’s “out of town.” Archie’s excitement is short-lived, though, because his mom doesn’t support his boxing career.
“I won’t support you getting pummeled,” Mary says.
At the gym, Veronica reveals that she’s focusing her attention on an all-new project: Archie. She says she’s serving as his new manager, which means she’s going to update the facility and act as Archie’s publicist.
The next day, Archie’s mom reveals that she reached out to a friend, securing him a meeting with a military academy that has a boxing program.
While the interview goes swimmingly, the recruiter demands to see him in the ring. So, Archie schedules the match, which just so happens to fall on the same day as the tournament. And he gets obliterated.
Although Veronica tries to stop him from doing the second spar, Archie brushes it off and hops in the ring…before collapsing on the floor.