Just when you thought Sylvester Stallone (aka Rocky Balboa) was done, he hits you with a patriotic sucker punch to the jaw, shell shocking you to the fact that Rocky is never done, ever! That is the news today as Sly Stallone announced that Rocky Balboa will face off against longtime Russian nemesis (who’s actually Swedish in real life) Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren. Either that or at the very least give him a punch for old times sake. All of this may occur in the continuing adventures of Rocky, now under a new title, Creed, which focuses on Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed who died in the ring in Rocky’s arms after taking a colossal beating from Ivan Drago. In these new films, Rocky Balboa takes the place of Mickey as the boxing coach and mentor of the young son of Apollo.
Of course, we all remember the impressive bout in the Hollywood classic Rocky IV film from 1985, where Balboa met the iron fisted Russian Ivan Drago, who gave him the fight of his life, don’t you? If not, let’s rewind and see this epic Hollywood boxing match, the brainchild of the very talented and often underestimated Sylvester Stallone, shall we? How about those sound effects? Just perfect, watch!
Of course, Rocky won in the end… wouldn’t be right if he didn’t. Anyway, so rumour has it that Creed 2 (which is currently in production as we speak) will see Adonis Creed face off against Drago’s son, but Sly Stallone has hinted that he will get one last punch in on Drago, much to the joy of nostalgic Rocky fans everywhere.
So, the question remains, as Rocky will be in Adonis’s corner, and Ivan Drago will be in his son’s corner, we’ve yet to find out who will play as Drago’s son. Will it be Dolph’s real life brother? His real life son? Some new unknown Swedish looking Russian guy? He’d have to be blonde in the very least, otherwise it just wouldn’t fit the bill, would it?
Stallone, who is now 71-years young, said, “It wouldn’t be a party without Drago would it? I’m gonna punch him. You know I gotta hit Drago once.”
The war is on then? Cue the synthesiser music and hum the eye of the tiger to yourself, because this sh*t is about to go down in Creed 2.
Adonis Creed, played by Michael B Jordan, could face Drago’s son, and given that his father killed his father in the ring, it’s sure to be a bloody match up. Plus the Hollywood infatuation of U.S.A. vs. Russia can continue, and we’re sure that CNN will like this very much probably.
Dolph Lundgren is now at 59-years of age, and would surely beat the pint-sized Sylvester Stallone to death if the Rocky story was a lot more realistic, but this is Hollywood, and nobody does it better in boxing films than Sly Stallone.
We think it would be even better if in Creed 2, it saw a real fight between Rocky and Drago in the ring and not just the son of Creed and son of Drago fighting, since in this day and age where crazy fights like Mayweather vs. McGregor and (the hopeful eventual fight between) John “Bones” Jones vs. Brock Lesnar can happen, why not have Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago duke it out just one last time?
During Rocky IV’s filming, Stallone admitted going for the very realistic money shot in boxing (making it real), by telling Dolph Lundgren to really hit him in the first round with all his might, Sly said, “I got an idea, for the first 45 seconds, really try to knock me out, I mean go for it. Bad idea. He comes across—boom, boom! He catches me in the chest.”
Apparently, Dolph’s punches caught Stallone in just the right place as Sly then went on to say: “After the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it… Later that night I couldn’t breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room…
“The next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days. He struck me so hard in the chest that my heart slammed against my breastbone and began to swell, so the beating became labored, and without medical attention the heart would’ve continued to swell until it stopped.”
Wow! Who knew? Sly continued, “Many people that have car accidents die like this when the steering wheel slams into their chest. So in a sense I was hit by “a streetcar named Drago.”
Wow again! What that tells you is don’t ask a Swede and/or Dolph Lundgren to punch you, ever, as the Viking-strength would most likely kill you. Especially if it’s Ivan Drago doing the punching.
So, will Sly Stallone get to do a real punch in Creed 2 in some back alley? Will they do a full blown rematch? Only time will tell. You can’t keep a good man like Rocky down, so we await the news of this scene to be everything that it would be.
We love Sly Stallone as well as Dolph Lundgren, so this is going to be a real treat. Sly Stallone is a silent patriot, so would we expect anything less from a man that made a fortune wearing red-gloves and stars and stripes boxer shorts.
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APOLLO AND ROCKY NOW, WHAT A BOND THEY HAD!!