Sylvester Stallone identified his top heavyweight fighter, choosing a current heavyweight world champion rather than a legend from the history books.
Known best for his role in the famous Rocky movies, Stallone spoke on the Jonathan Ross Show, naming WBC heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury, as the greatest to ever do it.
“I mean this, Tyson. I think you’re the greatest heavyweight that ever lived, and I’m a boxing historian. I study this closely. When you put together all your skills, and plus your heart, and your ability to recuperate, and how you can move around so well at your size, there’s no one that could’ve beaten you in any era. People go ‘oh that’s not true’, it’s totally true.”
Fury, along with the audience, accepted Sylvester’s judgement with a round of applause, as Fury could not hide the smile on his face.
The American actor and filmmaker has had a lot of involvement in the sport of boxing throughout his time playing Rocky, having sparred many of the top heavyweights in his training, proving his opinion has a valid place.
After the success of the Rocky movies, the Creed sequel films took a focus on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, who would be trained by Rocky Balboa. After the first two films were a huge hit, Creed 3 is due to be released in March 2023.
The trailer for the third Creed film appears to feature global boxing star Canelo Alvarez and former professional boxer Tony Bellew is set to return in his role as Ricky, who defeated Adonis Creed in the first installment.
It is expected that Creed 3 will premiere in cinemas, before being released onto Prime Video after their multi-billion dollar purchase of Rocky franchise owner MGM.