Apollo Creed (2024)

"Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker"
―Apollo Creed

Apollo Creed (August 17, 1942 - August 31, 1985) was the former Heavyweight Champion, who was introduced as the main antagonist in Rocky and Rocky II, the deuteragonist of Rocky III, a major character in Rocky IV, a mentioned character in Rocky V and Rocky Balboa and the titular posthumous overreaching protagonist of Creed, Creed II and Creed III.

Creed is presented as the undisputed heavyweight world champion in Rocky, he was undefeated and had cleared out his division of challengers prior to his fight with Rocky Balboa, following his split-decision victory over Rocky, Creed challenges Rocky to a rematch in Rocky II, which he loses, losing his world championship and suffering his first career loss. Creed retires after this fight, but he returns to train his former foe, Balboa, in Rocky III following Rocky's loss to Clubber Lang. Creed and Balboa bond over this time, becoming close friends. In Rocky IV, Creed decides to make a one-off return to the ring to fight a Soviet Union boxer by the name of Ivan Drago. The fight is billed as an exhibition, but unfortunately, Creed is knocked unconscious in the second round, resulting in his death.

Creed only ever suffered one defeat in his entire career as a Professional boxer, which was to Rocky himself, he had one other loss in an exhibition match against Ivan Drago, which is the loss that resulted in his demise.

Contents

  • 1 Appearance
  • 2 Biography
    • 2.1 Early Life
    • 2.2 Professional boxing career
    • 2.3 Before Rocky
    • 2.4 Rocky
      • 2.4.1 Discovering Rocky Balboa
      • 2.4.2 Creed vs. Balboa
    • 2.5 Rocky II
      • 2.5.1 Challenging Rocky Balboa
      • 2.5.2 Creed vs. Balboa II
    • 2.6 Events between Rocky II and Rocky III
    • 2.7 Rocky III
      • 2.7.1 Training Rocky Balboa
      • 2.7.2 Third Fight against Balboa
    • 2.8 Afterwards
    • 2.9 Rocky IV
      • 2.9.1 Challenging Soviet Union Boxer Ivan Drago
      • 2.9.2 Death
      • 2.9.3 Legacy
      • 2.9.4 Illegitimate Son Adonis Johnson Creed
      • 2.9.5 Adonis trains with Rocky Balboa
      • 2.9.6 Adonis lives up to the Creed Legacy
    • 2.10 Creed II
  • 3 Personality and Traits
  • 4 Boxing Style
  • 5 Professional Boxing Record
  • 6 Exhibition Boxing Record
  • 7 Boxing Attires
  • 8 Accomplishments
  • 9 Quotes
  • 10 Trivia
  • 11 References

Appearance[]

Apollo has black hair and brown eyes.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Apollo Creed was born on August 17th, 1942 in Los Angeles County, California to his middle class mother and father. Creed was a natural athlete since his childhood, playing Junior league baseball, wrestling, and football. In 1960, he graduated from High School, and went to play on college football team for sometime.

Professional boxing career[]

Creed began boxing in the mid to late-1960s, circa 1968, around the age of 26, and it is revealed in the video game Rocky Legends that Creed's first fight was against Tony "Duke" Evers, who at this time was an aging boxer. At the end of the fight, Creed approached Duke and mentioned how it would be good to have an experienced fighter managing his career and training him, Happy to be able to continue in boxing, Duke accepted the offer as manager and began training him at the Delphi Boxing Academy.[1]

Overtime Apollo Creed rose to stardom as a legend of the boxing sport; By the age of 32, he amassed an impressive record of 46 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws, with all his wins by knockout, and had become the Heavyweight boxing Champion of the world

Before Rocky[]

In the coming years Creed met and married Mary Anne. They eventually had two children together, a son named Alexander and daughter named Artemis.[2] Apollo and Mary Anne did have a good relationship; however Mary Anne had tolerate being married to a boxer, having needed to assist him after each bout. She would have to carry up the stairs of their house because he could not walk, or had to aid him as he went to the bathroom because he could not use his hands.

Apollo cared for his kids, teaching his son to how be and spot a "winner" and though he did not openly approve his daughter's decision to take up boxing like him, he still supported her.

Rocky[]

Discovering Rocky Balboa[]

In 1975, Apollo Creed first appears as a charismatic, intelligent, and undefeated 32-year-oldWorld Heavyweight Champion. A plannedBicentennialfight against number one contender Mac Lee Green was scheduled for January 1, 1976, which Apollo gladly hypes whenever someone places a microphone in front of him. However, around November 25th, Green hurts his left hand in training and the other top ranked contenders, such as Ernie Roman, Buddy Shaw (ranked fifth), are either busy or don't believe that they can get into shape in time. Duke suggested he should fight Big Chuck Smith or Billy Snow, but Creed thought Smith was too dull, and Snow fouled too much. Unwilling to waste the time, effort and money he's already invested in the fight, Creed comes up with a promotion that will generate huge publicity; he will offer an unknown local fighter an opportunity to battle Creed for the title, in a match inPhiladelphia,Pennsylvania.

Upon reviewing the local boxers in Philadelphia, Creed is drawn to a club fighter namedRocky Balboabecause Balboa is Italianand has a catchy nickname, "The Italian Stallion". Apollo also explains his choice by saying: "Who discovered America?An Italian, right? What better way to celebrate its 200th birthday than to get it on with one of his descendants?". Duke warns Apollo against facing Balboa since he fights left-handed, but Apollo brushes off the idea that he could be anything resembling a legitimate threat, pledging to knock him out in three rounds. Duke raises concern again when he sees Balboa in a television interview, training by punching sides of beef in a meat packing plant - breaking the ribs - however, Apollo puts more effort into giving everyone a good show rather than training for the bout. Duke warns Creed that it appears Rocky "means business", showing he is serious about the forthcoming fight, but the warning is brushed aside by Apollo, who remarks "yeah, so do I", then returns to shop talk of set decoration for the fight.

Creed vs. Balboa[]

For the fight, Apollo dresses up like bothGeorge WashingtonandUncle Samin the pre-fight festivities (with his matching trademark "stars and stripes" boxing shorts) is in a jovial mood until Rocky knocks him down in the first round with a single uppercut; the first knock down Creed had ever suffered. He then endures a grueling 15-round fight with Balboa, who manages to get to his feet after Creed takes him down with anuppercutin the 14th round in what appears to be the end of the match. This was the first time anyone had ever taken the champion the full 15 rounds.

Both fighters are beaten, bloodied, and bruised by the end of the bout - Rocky with severe eye damage and Apollo with internal bleeding, caused by broken ribs. Apollo gains a controversial split decision victory, and neither fighter wants a rematch.

Rocky II []

Challenging Rocky Balboa[]

Creed is first seen in the ER alongside Rocky and a flurry of press, Creed, going against his earlier stance, denounces the fight as a fluke and challenges Rocky to finish the fight right there, which nearly happens when both men get out of their wheelchairs and look ready to brawl, only to be restrained by hospital employees. Later, when everything has calmed down and he is alone, Rocky walks to Creed's hospital bed. Balboa asks if Creed gave his all in the fight, and he wants the truth. Creed replies in the affirmative.|Creed training for the second fight.|left]]Creed's desire for a rematch with Balboa intensifies when it becomes clear that the prevailing public opinion is that Creed had either gotten lucky, or the judges were fixed in his favour. Duke tries to pacify Apollo that it was he who won by decision. Creed remains frustrated by the feeling that he didn't truly 'beat' Balboa, continues to be haunted by negative fan mail, and that his children were being insulted at school by other kids because of his match. Evers pleads with Creed to not fight Rocky again. His reason is that despite the horrific beating Rocky received from Creed, Balboa kept coming after him. Despite everyone imploring him not to press on, Creed is determined to correct his career's only blemish and ignores their advice.

Rocky has married his girlfriend, Adrian, after recovering from the first fight, and is not keen on fighting again, especially given the disapproval of his doctor and Adrian. In the meantime, Rocky is having financial troubles. Although losing to Creed, Rocky was well rewarded. However, he squandered his purse on needed improvements to his life such as a house and a car, but also a nice jacket and watches for himself, Adrian and Paulie. Rocky hopes to capitalise on his newfound fame by shooting commercials, but this does not pan out. Rocky, still hoping to avoid fighting, attempts to get a professional job, but his lack of formal education limits his choices. Rocky decides he wants to fight again, but is discouraged by Mickey because of an injury to his eye in the first fight. It is not until Creed challenges Balboa to a second fight onThanksgiving Day, 1976 using various humiliation tactics that Mickey decides to train Rocky for a second fight. Creed is far more serious at the press conference, assuring the press that he took the last fight lightly, but this time the world will see the best Apollo Creed, citing that he would "drop [Balboa] like a bad habit" and tells Rocky when he leaves "Come November, you're mine!" In a press interview during training, he also insists that Rocky "cannot last five minutes in the ring with a superior athlete like me!" Creed plows through sparring partners and trains harder than ever before, with the intention of punishing Balboa for the embarrassment eleven months earlier.

Creed vs. Balboa II[]

Unlike their first fight, Creed dominates Balboa throughout the second fight, managing to thwart Rocky's strategy of fighting right-handed. Despite this, he is unable to make good on his promise of an early knockout victory, as Rocky absorbs his punches. By the final round, he is well ahead on points and Duke begs Apollo to go on the defensive, as he'll win if he makes it to the end of the match; Apollo refuses, desperate to knock Rocky out rather than win on points. Apollo endures a substantial beating in later rounds, when it becomes apparent he cannot knock Balboa out, and Balboa begins landing his own punches on the tiring Creed. At the beginning of the 15th round, he tells Rocky, "You're going down", to which Rocky replied, "No way". After going toe-to-toe for much of the final round, Creed is knocked down by a left from Balboa, with Balboa falling down in exhaustion as well. If neither got up, it would be a draw, keeping the title with Creed. Rocky is able to get up by the count of 9, but Creed is unable to pull himself up and is counted out, losing the match and the championship by knockout, his first and only professional loss. Apollo retires from boxing soon after. Even though he has lost, he gains his respect from the crowd back since it feels that he fought and lost in a fair fight. The fight also results in Creed finally acknowledging Balboa's ability as a fighter, rather than seeing him as a fluke.

Events between Rocky II and Rocky III[]

Following his first and only professional loss of his boxing career to Rocky, having regained the respect of his fans, Creed (as revealed in the novelization of Rocky III) ultimately became inactive in the boxing world, causing him to drop out of the rankings as a contender, but he did not formally retire. In 1977, Creed returned to Los Angeles to live a modest live with his wife Mary Anne and raise their two children, having made quite a large fortune of his reign as heavyweight champion and earnings from his career.

Occasionally he made an appearance as a guest analyst for boxing matches as a part of charity work. Around 1979, Creed came up with the idea to possibly challenge Rocky to private rematch, just for fun and to see if he could win this time, removing the press and propaganda behind it, but he never pursued it beyond just that thought. But this remained in the back of his head for sometime.

Rocky III[]

Training Rocky Balboa[]

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In 1981, Apollo, now 39 years old, first appears at the first fight betweenJames "Clubber" Lang, 23 years old, and Rocky Balboa, 34 years old, as a guest analyst, a match in which Lang defeats Rocky by KO in the second round. Before the match, the former champion Creed steps into the ring to greet the fighters. When he steps up to Lang, the latter slaps away Creed's hand and mockingly and rudely insists that he "don't want no has-been in my corner". He further says, "You want to jump, Creed? Jump." When Creed walks away stunned at this rude display from the belligerent challenger, Lang laughs at him and calls him a "chicken". Creed then wishes Rocky luck, telling him to 'give everyone a present' and knock out Lang. Following the match, Rocky's beloved manager Mickey dies.

In the novelization for Rocky lll, it was revealed that Creed considered a comeback in boxing and gain back the championship by beating Lang, however he realized that he would have to work his way back up to the contender spots, which would take to much time, so he instead decided to reach out to Rocky and train him to "drop the bum like a bag of Rocks, and who better then a man named Rocky."

Determined in part to put the disrespectful brute in his place, Creed finds Rocky at Mickey's gym and they agree to have Apollo take over as Balboa’s manager. The pair travels to the 'Tough Gym' inLos Angeles, Californiawhere Creed used to train in preparation for a rematch with Balboa. Creed encourages Rocky not to ignore the naysayers that say he is too old, but instead refocus himself. During this talk, he states, "Now when we fought.. you had that eye of the tiger." Creed tells Balboa that he will help him get it back. Creed mentions that Rocky will owe him "a big favour" once he wins, which he does not specify at first. Rocky's training is geared toward making him quicker and more agile, to counter the larger, stronger brawler. Apollo teaches Rocky how to fight like himself. Rocky has trouble concentrating during his training, suffering from guilt over Mickey's demise and self-doubt. Adrian helps Rocky recognize this as a simple fear of losing again and convinces him that he can't let fear control his life and that he has to fight again, not to prove a point, but to live without fear.

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Rocky agrees and begins to put his fear aside. Creed helps Rocky rediscover the fire inside, which he had lost in the time leading up to the Lang fight, that had won him the title. Creed calls this fire the "eye of the tiger". Before the match begins, Creed expresses his confidence that Rocky will win. He gives Rocky his signature "colours" (Apollo'sstars and stripesboxing trunks) to wear during the fight (and tells him to wash them afterwards). Rocky dominated the first round, but the second round is to Clubber's favour with Rocky barely landing any punches. Between the second and third rounds, Creed shouts at Rocky not to test Lang, but Rocky protests he knows what he is doing with the "rope-a-dope". During the third round, Lang is weakened from wasting all his strong punches on Rocky and is knocked out. Rocky wins the rematch and regains his title as Heavyweight Champion.

Third Fight against Balboa[]

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Throughout the training, Creed repeatedly told Rocky, "Remember, when this is over, you owe me a favour", but left it at that. After defeating Clubber Lang, Creed reveals the cost of his training - a second rematch with Rocky. However, this fight is not a bloody battle in an arena, but a friendly sparring match at Mickey's Gym. Rocky happily accepts the challenge. The film ends showing each boxer hitting the other at the same time, symbolising the equality of their greatness. Rumours of the third fight would persist for decades afterwards, but the outcome was apparently not known to anyone but the two fighters until 2015, when, asked by Adonis Johnson Creed (Apollo's son), Rocky confided that Apollo had won.

Afterwards[]

Over the next few years, the newfound friendship between Apollo and Rocky grew to the point that they became like brothers in arms, especially in the sport they loved. Apollo also, having beaten Rocky in their final fight, felt he was truly the best and decided to hang up his gloves for good.

Rocky IV[]

Challenging Soviet Union Boxer Ivan Drago[]

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In 1985, Apollo comes out of a near five-year retirement to fight mammoth Soviet Olympic boxerIvan Drago, who had come to the United States on behalf of the Soviet Union to enter the world of professional boxing. Not wanting the Soviets to appear superior to American fighters, and searching for a return to the limelight and the adoration of the public, the patriotic Apollo challenges Drago to an exhibition match, and calls out Drago at the press conference that sets up their exhibition bout at theMGM GrandinLas Vegas, Nevadaon August 31, 1985. Highlighted by a pre-match rendition of "Living in America" byJames Brown, Apollo enters the arena from a descending scaffold overhead, dancing to the music in his old red, white, and blue Uncle Sam outfit. With Rocky, Duke and Paulie in his corner, Apollo was overly confident that he could dispense of Drago with ease. However, Apollo was not ready for the extreme size and strength of the Russian. After taunting the Russian and landing a number of ineffectual punches, Creed was pummelled badly in the first round. Rocky wanted to stop the fight but Apollo refused as Apollo told Rocky not to stop the fight "no matter what...no matter what!"

Death[]

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By the start of the second round, Drago continued to pummel Creed with ease and Rocky again tries to stop the fight by throwing in the towel. Apollo told Rocky not to stop the fight, which gives Drago a chance to deliver a blow (as Rocky dropped the towel) that unfortunately killed Apollo, who died in Rocky's arms in the middle of the ring. Rocky then sets out to avenge Apollo's death by beating Drago in theSoviet Union with theSoviet premierand thePolitburolooking on. He succeeds as the film ends with Rocky Balboa winning the fight by knockout in the last round.

Legacy[]

Apollo is mentioned by his trainer Duke in the opening scene of Rocky V when Duke tells Rocky that he made Apollo proud in his fight with Drago whilst proudly holding up Apollo's iconic stars and stripes trunks.

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In Rocky Balboa, Rocky is seen paying tribute to Apollo by telling customers at his restaurant stories about his friendship and fights with him. During the commentary before the Rocky vs Mason Dixon fight, a montage of Rocky's opponents was shown which included his two fights against Apollo.

Illegitimate Son Adonis Johnson Creed[]

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It is revealed in Creed that Apollo had a relationship with another woman, last name Johnson, while he was married. The time of the fling was not exactly revealed, but it had to have been sometime around the summer of 1985, before the date of Apollo's death. Apollo died before discovering the existence of his third child, and a baby boy was born, named Adonis Johnson Creed, June 1, 1986.

After his biological mother's death in the late '90s, Mary Anne Creed (Apollo's widow) adopts him. At a young age, not only does he possess the boxing skills of his father, but also his fiery temper. Years later, presumed to be a well-educated young man, Adonis leaves his job to pursue a full-time career in boxing. He first seeks tutelage from Duke's son, Little Duke, who runs the Delphi Boxing Academy, the gym that Apollo was trained at. Little Duke refuses to work with Adonis to ensure his safety. Adonis, to his mother's dismay, moves to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky Balboa. While meeting up at Adrian's, Rocky is surprised when Adonis mentions a third fight between him and Apollo that happened behind closed doors, presenting himself to be Apollo's son. Rocky compliments his father's boxing ability and reveals that Apollo won their third match. When Rocky initially refused to train Adonis, citing his failure to stop Apollo's death, Adonis countered that Apollo had gone down doing what he wanted as a fighter to the end. However, Rocky theorized that if Apollo were still around, he would have rather been there to know his son.

Adonis trains with Rocky Balboa[]

When the word got out that Adonis is Apollo's illegitimate son, the media heavily publicised the story of his infidelity, which catches the eye of the trainer for the reigning light-heavyweight champion, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan. Both parties would want the fight to happen, however, on the condition that Adonis would assume his actual name instead of his mother's last name, Johnson, to which he agrees, similar to Apollo's desire to select Rocky due to his nickname: "The Italian Stallion". Leading up to the fight, Rocky has been diagnosed with cancer, which greatly impacts Adonis' behaviour, including being incarcerated for the night after a brawl at a club. While Rocky visits him in jail, Adonis angrily blames him for hisfather's death, while Rocky tries to calm him down and understand Apollo, who isn't there to defend himself. After getting his mind straight, Adonis makes a pact with Rocky that they would both fight their respective battles together.

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InLiverpool, Adonis receives a gift from Mary Anne; boxing trunks that heavily resembles his father's trunks, who he passed to Rocky, who he passed toTommy "The Machine" Gunn. The fight presents many parallels to Rocky and Apollo's original fight, with Adonis assuming his trainer's role. Conlan presents an unrelenting attack on Adonis, in which he knocks him down. After a less than stellar introductory round, Adonis finally manages a right hook strong enough to cut Conlan by surprise. In the eleventh round, after an intense flurry, Conlan manages a strong shot that seemingly knocked Adonis unconscious, however Adonis sees visions of his relationship with his girlfriend and Rocky's ailing composure, but finally wakes up after seeing a vision of his father in his prime, which baffles Conlan and the audience.

Adonis lives up to the Creed Legacy[]

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Before the final round, Rocky is adamant on stopping the fight to save Adonis from the long-term effects of his injuries, a decision he contemplated 30 years after Apollo's death. However, Adonis wants to continue to fight to prove that he is not "a mistake". After the revelation, Rocky tells Adonis that, though he's never had the chance to thank Apollo for stepping in when Mickey died, it does not match what he's done for him and that he loves him. In the closing seconds of the fight, Adonis finally unleashes a style that is comparable to his father's and Rocky's and manages to knock down Conlan for the first time in his career. A split decision determines Conlan the winner of the fight, and gives Adonis the ultimate respect, telling him that he's "the future of this division". During the post-fight interview,HBO BoxinganalystMax Kellermanasks Adonis what he would like to say to his father, to which Adonis tearfully says that he loves him and he knows he didn't leave him on purpose, in which he concludes the interview saying he's "proud to be a Creed".

Creed II[]

In 2018, Apollo's legacy continued on through Adonis, who now won the WBC Heavyweight title from Danny Wheeler. Not to long later, Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father, came along with his own son Viktor Drago.

Adonis fought and won, defending the Creed name.

Personality and Traits[]

"Well, I've been with the best, and I've BEAT the best! I've retired more men than Social Security!"
―Apollo Creed
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As Apollo Creed's fighting style is reminiscent of Muhammad Ali, so is his personality. Creed is charismatic, quick-witted, and a wisecracker, usually rhyming his words and insults like Ali. Creed was viewed as co*cky, but confident, always trash talking his opponents with a smile and then outclassing them in the ring. Creed has every right to be overly-confident because of his perfect record.

Creed is known for his quick wits, he is able to spin together a few words and insult his opponent. An example is when Ivan Drago doesn't answer a question and Creed says "The man's tongue didn't make it through customs!"

Another big character trait is Apollo's pride as a boxer. Perhaps as a result of being an undefeated champion or the desire to prove himself, Apollo will never back down from a challenge and give up on anything he sets his mind to. While this his earned him the world title, fame, and wealth it was also directly responsible for his larges mistakes and defeats. When he first fights Rocky, he doesn't take him seriously at all which causes him to get downed in the first round when Rocky catches him off guard. Since he also hadn't trained properly for their first match, he wasn't conditioned well enough and the hit to his stamina allowed Rocky to almost beat him and at the least push the match to decision, something that never happened to Apollo before. Even against Duke's warnings about how dangerous Rocky was Apollo was driven by his pride to fight Rocky again and prove the first match was just a fluke. In their second match, while he had trained hard andthoroughlyprepared for theirbout, Apollo's pridesabotagedhim again as hewouldn'tbe satisfied unless he knocked Rocky out. Instead ofmaintaining his distance and taking points to win cleanly by decision, he stayed close to Rocky and tried to go toe-to-toe with him in order to beat him with combinations and a KO. While Apollo was avoiding most of Rocky's punches in the beginning, as he wore down in the later rounds he started to take serious damage from Rocky's power punches to the point where he could barely move around the ring and was ultimately knocked out. The worst instance of pride ultimately lead to his demise when he challenged Ivan Drago and refused to let Rocky throw in the towel which resulted in a severe beating that later killed Apollo.

Though he refused to play with his kids instead of being upset about his loss to Rocky and focusing on rematch, Apollo wanted to take the fight to not only repair the blemish on his reputation, but also so his kids would stop being insulted at school for his career. Apollo also deeply loved Mary Anne, though it was implied they fought and argued much due to Apollo's recklessness during fights and his ego, as Mary Anne needed to assist in walking and going to the bathroom because he could not use his hands. But the last person he looked at and signaled before he died in his fight with Drago; was Mary Anne. He was not the most active family man, but deep down Apollo truly cared for his friends and family. However he did cheat on Mary Anne, but it is heavily implied to be a one night stand and not a long time affair, so Apollo might have had a falter in faithfulness. Though he did not live to see his son Adonis be born; Rocky speculated that Apollo (as he met Adonis for the first time in 2015), had he known about his son to be born in 1985, would rather be there talking to his kid (had he been in his right mind and actually had sense when challenging Drago) instead of going out like fighter and dying in the way of a warrior to the very end. Rocky, being Apollo's best friend after they trained together in 1982, likely was correct in this and Apollo would have wanted to been with his kids and wife rather than dying like he did.

Boxing Style[]

Because the original film was released in 1976 during the reign of Muhammad Ali, it is reasonable to assume that, with Ali being considered the quintessential boxer by having defeated some of the best of the time, Creed was based largely on him, although his public image is more in the vein of Sugar Ray Leonard or Joe Louis.

Like Ali, Apollo was an outside fighter, relying on his speed and power to get through fights. His jab-cross-hook combination were his mainstay, and also just like Ali, Creed's defence was heavily contingent upon his speed. Apollo used Ali's "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" philosophy, being able to bob and weave and frustrate his opponents. A notable difference was that though Creed had Ali's unorthodox hand positioning, he ducked, bobbed and weaved in the classic style, as opposed to Ali who preferred to move backwards, in contradiction to boxing's basic tenets, but with a delightful degree of success. Perhaps the reason for this was that only Ali could do be that unorthodox and look convincing; where most boxing instructors would tell you that you can't land a punch when you're retreating backwards, Ali did that too with alarming regularity.

But just like Ali, Creed was susceptible to taking a lot of damage during fights because of the level at which he held his hands, a fact which ultimately proved to be his undoing. By the second film, he also has the bolo punch (wind up one fist and punch with the other) in his arsenal, which seems to be a result of the punch being used by then welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard. This punch, originated by Ceferino Garcia, a world middleweight champion hailing from Philippines, is a variation of the feint. One of the fists is winded up in rather spectacular fashion; the catch there is that the opponent may expect a punch from this hand or, sensing a trap, from the other. Whichever hand the opponent focuses on, the aggressor here may easily throw the other. This is more of a humiliating, crowd pleasing punch. A clear example was seen in the now famous no mas bout between welterweights Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto 'Hands of Stone' Duran.

In Rocky a reporter asked him if it was a coincidence that he was fighting a white man on the most celebrated day in our country's history; to which Apollo replied, "I don't know about that. Is it a coincidence that he's fighting a black man on the most celebrated day in our country's history?"

Professional Boxing Record[]

No.

ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, TimeLocationDateNotes
48Loss47-1-0Rocky BalboaKO15 (15)Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania

10/25/1976Lost World Heavyweight title

(Rocky II)

47Win47-0-0Rocky BalboaSD15 (15)Philadelphia,Pennsylvania01/1/1976Retained World Heavyweight title

(Rocky)

46Win46-0-0Carl HamiltonKO3 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
45Win45-0-0Ernie RomanKO1 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
44Win44-0-0Luigi MonroeTKO2 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
43Win43-0-0Rico JamesonKO2 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
42Win42-0-0Billy CalihanKO5 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
41Win41-0-0Dewey SternKO3 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
40Win40-0-0Tony QuimbyKO4 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
39Win39-0-0Seth JacksonKO1 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
38Win38-0-0Francis HellerdKO8 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
37Win37-0-0Vince KennedyKO9 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
36Win36-0-0Paul BurthKO5 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
35Win35-0-0Quil HallKO3 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
34Win34-0-0Gary KhanKO3 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
33Win33-0-0Antonio BrownTKO4 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
32Win32-0-0Andrew ThomasKO2 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
31Win31-0-0Kit YankeeKO2 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
30Win30-0-0Donald RyderTKO1 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
29Win29-0-0Jared TaylorKO4 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
28Win28-0-0Cameron WhitakerKO3 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
27Win27-0-0Floyd "Phantom" McCallumKO2 (15)McCarthy Hall'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
26Win26-0-0Mike DallasKO1 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
25Win25-0-0Franklin NixonKO2 (15)N/A'Retained World Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
24Win24-0-0George ForemanKO12 (15)N/A1972'Won theWorld Heavyweight title '(Before The Movies)
23Win23-0-0Bob CrayKO1 (12)N/A(Before The Movies)
22Win22-0-0Wolfgang PeltzerKO3 (12)McCarthy Hall(Before The Movies)
21Win21-0-0George FullmerKO2 (8)N/A(Before The Movies)
20Win20-0-0Alan JerarKO7 (15)N/A(Before The Movies)
19Win19-0-0Ken KlaasenTKO3 (15)McCarthy Hall(Before The Movies)
18Win18-0-0Carlos ArguelloKO1 (10)Time's Square(Before The Movies)
17Win17-0-0Salvador MartinezKO1 (10)Las Vegas, Nevada(Before The Movies)
16Win16-0-0Big Chuck SmithKO2 (8)Time's Square(Before The Movies)
15Win15-0-0Razor RobinsonKO2 (8)Time's Square(Before The Movies)
14Win14-0-0Bob CrayKO3 (6)Las Vegas, Nevada(Before The Movies)
13Win13-0-0Luigi MonroeKO3 (8)N/A(Before The Movies)
12Win12-0-0Marco ChavezKO2 (8)Time's Square(Before The Movies)
11Win11-0-0Jose MendosaKO2 (8)Las Vegas, Nevada(Before The Movies)
10Win10-0-0Jack JarrellTKO2 (12)Las Vegas, Nevada(Before The Movies)
9Win9-0-0David ColeKO3 (10)N/A(Before The Movies)
8Win8-0-0Maurizio MedinaTKO1 (10)New York City, New York(Before The Movies)
7Win7-0-0John BarkleyKO4 (6)N/A(Before The Movies)
6Win6-0-0John BarkleyKO1 (4)N/A(Before The Movies)
5Win5-0-0Virgil AbramsKO2 (6)N/A(Before The Movies)
4Win4-0-0Joe AdamsKO3 (4)N/A(Before The Movies)
3Win3-0-0Troy MillerKO2 (4)T.J Cominsky Ice Arena(Before The Movies)
2Win2-0-0Sam MonroeKO1 (4)T.J Cominsky Ice Arena(Before The Movies)
1Win1-0-0Tony "Duke" EversKO4 (4)McCarthy Hall1968(Before The Movies)

Exhibition Boxing Record[]

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, TimeLocationDateNotes
1Loss0-1-0Ivan DragoKO2Las Vegas, Nevada08/31/1985Creed died of injuries sustained in the fight

(Rocky IV)

Boxing Attires[]

Apollo Creed (11)

Apollo in The Superfight II, the rematch against Rocky Balboa using red and white colors seen in Rocky II.

Apollo Creed (12)

Apollo wearing green shorts for training Rocky, seen in Rocky III.

Apollo Creed (13)

Apollo in Red trunks with a protector for the 3rd fight against Rocky, seen in Rocky III.

Apollo Creed (14)

Apollo using the American Costume in the first fight East Vs.West against Ivan Drago, the last fight of his carrer and his life, seen in Rocky IV. In this battle Apollo dies.

Accomplishments[]

Heavyweight Champion (1 time, 1972-1976) (defeated George Foreman, lost to Rocky Balboa)

Quotes[]

  • "Apollo Creed fights the Italian Stallion. HA! sounds like a damn monster movie." - Apollo Creed.
  • "I WANT YOU!" - Apollo Creed to Ivan Drago
  • "I'm gonna drop him like a bad habit!" - Apollo Creed in reference to Rocky Balboa.
  • "Come November, you're mine" - Apollo Creed to Rocky Balboa.
  • "What do you need an interpreter? IT'S TIME TO GO SCHOOL" - Apollo Creed to Ivan Drago.
  • "Remember Eye of the tiger, Rock. Eye of the tiger" - Apollo Creed to Rocky Balboa.
  • "THERE IS NO TOMORROW!" - Apollo Creed to Rocky Balboa.
  • "Ding-Ding" - Apollo Creed to Rocky Balboa.
  • "Don't stop the fight, no matter what...no matter WHAT!" - Apollo Creed to Rocky Balboa.

Trivia[]

  • During his audition,Carl Weatherswas sparring withSylvester Stalloneand accidentally punched him on the chin. Stallone told Weathers to calm down, as it was only an audition, and Weathers said that if he was allowed to audition with a 'real' actor, not a stand-in, he would be able to do a lot better. DirectorJohn G. Avildsensmiled and told Weathers that Stallone was the real actor (and the writer). Weathers looked at Stallone thoughtfully for a moment, and said, "Well, maybe he'll get better." Stallone immediately offered him the role.
  • In Rocky II, after the bell rings, signalling the end of the second round,Sylvester StalloneandCarl Weathersare seen pushing, shoving, taunting, and ultimately being pulled apart by their respective cornermen. They continue to taunt each other before returning to their corners. Stallone revealed later they were actually angry with each other and were not acting at that point, several blows that were supposed to miss him landed and the carefully choreographed fight, which they spent months meticulously planning out, went off-track during that scene, but he liked the reaction the scene produced. He decided to leave their momentary breaking of character in and the viewing audience never realised the two actors were in reality quite livid with each other.
  • Rocky III(1982) isCarl Weathers' favorite film in the Rocky saga because he thinks Apollo Creed is humanised so well in it.
  • In Rocky IV, according toSylvester Stallone, Dolph LundgrenandCarl Weathersreally did not get along and got into an altercation during filming. Lundgren threw Weathers across the ring before it was broken up. Carl Weathersnearly quit the film whenDolph Lundgrentossed Weathers into the corner of the boxing ring. Weathers shouted profanities at Lundgren while leaving the ring and announcing that he was calling his agent and quitting the movie. Only afterSylvester Stalloneforced the two actors to reconcile did the movie continue. This event caused a four-day work stoppage while Weathers was talked back into the part and Lundgren agreed to tone down his aggressiveness.
  • Apollo by the time of Rocky IV, is a perfect example of a man suffering from a Midlife crisis; it happens on people typically between the ages of 40 to 60, as Apollo was around 42 to 43 by the timeline of 1985, he was in denial of the fact he was getting older, and he was afraid of his legacy left behind was not enough. Many who take reckless steps in such an event can often times get themselves badly hurt, and at times killed. Much like Apollo was.

References[]

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