The Rocky movies are as inspiring as they are entertaining, despite being released decades ago. After Tyson Fury’s latest bout, Sylvester Stallone posted a throwback pic showing Fury paying homage to Apollo Creed in a past fight.
Last night, in the third encounter of their fighting trilogy, Fury took on Deontay Wilder. Finishing him off in the 11th round, the fight was intense and monumental. Sylvester Stallone is unsurprisingly a huge boxing fan and posted a throwback Fury pic on Instagram to celebrate the champion.
“Hey super congratulations to TYSON FURY for that incredible display Of championship strength , guts and encourage!” Stallone captioned the post. “Also tremendous respect to Donte [sic] Wilder who prove he is every inch of warrior! This is why I love the sport so much…”
The picture references a 2019 fight where Fury entered the ring decked out like Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies. Praising the uncanny resemblance in attire and spirit, Stallone’s words are high praise indeed.
Fans are eating it up, with the post already having more than 100,000 likes. “There it is again STALLONE LUNDGREN WEATHERS mark in this world,” an excited fan comments. “Life hits hard, if you can get back up and face your self doubt and fear… Who knows what can happen. You don’t have to be in the ring, to teach someone how to fight. As you know, not everyone is so lucky… Great match, great win, Love this sport.”
Showing he has that “eye of the tiger,” Fury continues to dominate. Time will tell how long he keeps it and his titles.
Carl Weathers Thought His Apollo Creed Audition for ‘Rocky’ was Unimpressive
While it’s difficult to imagine anyone but Carl Weathers playing Apollo Creed, he thinks he almost blew his chances.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Weathers amusingly recalled his audition. “There was nobody to read with, and they said you’re going to read with the writer [Stallone].” That in and of itself isn’t a big deal, but when he felt like he hadn’t really done the role justice, he unintentionally slammed Stallone’s acting.
“And we read through the scene and at the end of it, I didn’t feel like it had really sailed, that the scene had sailed, and they were quiet and there was this moment of awkwardness, I felt anyway, so I just blurted out ‘I could do a lot better if you got me a real actor to work with,’” Weather said, laughing. “So I just insulted the star of the movie without really knowing it and not intending to.”
This may have worked to Weathers’ credit though because Stallone felt the verbal jab was something Apollo would say. The rest is history.