There aren't many rivalries in movies as rich in history as that of boxers Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
For four films in the "Rocky" franchise, the two went from mortal enemies to best of friends. Now with the series getting a rebirth with the film "Creed," which tracks the rise of Apollo's son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) in the boxing world, it's a good time to look back on the history behind the sequel. Specifically the link between Rocky and Creed.
Here's a refresher on the two boxers' relationship, which is referenced more than a few times in "Creed" (currently in theaters).
We first meet Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Then the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, he must find a replacement for his match in Philadelphia after his original opponent injured his hand.
He chooses to face Rocky Balboa, a southpaw fighter from Philly who was known better on the streets as a loan shark than a boxer.
Not taking his opponent seriously, Creed comes to the fight unprepared, thinking it will be an easy win.
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