Boxing fans worldwide could be set for an emotional farewell as reports swirl that Rocky Balboa is dead.
Confirming he will no longer be a part of the Rocky spin-off franchise ‘Creed’ and due to health problems Balboa suffered in ‘Creed II,’ the third installment could see the boxer’s death confirmed.
Is Rocky Balboa dead?
As the film is already in post-production, the death of Rocky may already be set in stone.
Speculation was already in the air before Stallone stated that he wouldn’t be appearing in ‘Creed II’ this November.
“Well, it’s different because actually, I bowed out of that one [Creed III]. I just didn’t know if there was any part for me,’ Stallone told Metro.
“It takes it in a different direction. I wish them well and keep punching!’ he added.
Michael B. Jordan, who stars in the movie as Apollo Creed’s son Adonis, takes over the directorial reigns.
Speaking about taking the baton from Ryan Coogler, Jordan said: “Creed III is that moment – a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am.
“I am holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top-tier directors I respect.
“All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and, in particular, the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me.
“I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake.”
One of his first jobs could be to confirm Rocky Balboa is dead without an appearance from Stallone. Similar to Talia Shire’s character Adrian Balboa in the first Creed movie, a solemn gravestone moment could now be on the cards for her husband.
If that scenario comes to pass, it would be the end of a wild ride for Balboa dating back to 1976.
Stallone was a failing actor when he wrote a fantastic script. To several producers, he took the story of Rocky Balboa, a down-and-out part-time boxer and leg-breaker who got the shot of a lifetime for the heavyweight title.
More than one accepted it. However, none wanted Stallone in the lead role he penned for himself.
Digging his heels in, Stallone eventually signed with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, allowing his wishes to be respected.
The rest is history.
Speaking about those times when he had nothing but a pen, paper, and a dream, Stallone pointed out: “This is an example of blood, sweat, and dreams that can be fulfilled.
“I was not a very good student. I got asked to leave at least a dozen schools. But once I was on the street, I knew I had to apply myself, and I started to write.
“I didn’t know what I was doing, but I didn’t stop as you can see at the end of this post, what can be achieved against all odds. Keep punching.”
If Rocky Balboa is dead – one this is for sure – his memory will live on forever.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.