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. 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!
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? 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. 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. 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. 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 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. He was played by Carl Weathers. He is a tough but agile boxer , who is, as the series begins, the undisputed heavyweight world champion. The character was inspired by the real-life champion Muhammad Ali , having what one author remarked as the same "brash, vocal, [and] theatrical" personality.
Protagonist Rocky Balboa , Creed's rival in Rocky and Rocky II , faces underdog odds five-to-one in Rocky II and views Creed with respect, pointedly refusing the prodding of a reporter to trash-talk against Creed although it is implied that, being poorly educated at that point, he didn't understand the meaning of the word "derogatory" , even after the flamboyant Creed publicly taunted him, by laconically remarking, "He's great.
In Rocky , Creed essentially cleans out his division of serious challengers the few remaining ones being either injured or unavailable and magnanimously decides to fight local journeyman Balboa for the fan spectacle, as well as the symbol of fighting a man with an Italian background on "this country's biggest birthday.
Creed had multiple nicknames, including most prominently "The Master of Disaster". A poll of former heavyweight champions and boxing writers, including former WBA heavyweight star James "Bonecrusher" Smith , ranked Creed as the second-best boxer in the Rocky series, second only to Rocky himself.
In the Rocky and Creed films, Apollo Creed is a heavyweight boxing champion who is a rival and later friend of Rocky Balboa. Michael Wilbon of Pardon the Interruption describes Creed as "maybe the best of all time; in the discussion". Apollo Creed first appears in the Oscar -winning film Rocky as the charismatic, intelligent, and undefeated year-old World Heavyweight Champion. A planned Bicentennial fight against number-one contender Mac Lee Green was scheduled for January 1, , which Creed gladly hypes whenever someone places a microphone in front of him.
However, 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. Unwilling to waste the time, effort and money he's already invested in the fight, Creed responds with a promotion that will generate huge publicity: He will offer an unknown local fighter an opportunity to battle for the title in a match in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.
Upon reviewing the local boxers in Philadelphia, Creed is drawn to a club fighter named Rocky Balboa , because Balboa is Italian and has a catchy nickname, "The Italian Stallion". Creed also explains his choice by saying: "Who discovered America?
An Italian , right? What better way to celebrate its th birthday than to get it on with one of his descendants? When the match takes place, Creed dresses up like both George Washington and Uncle Sam in the pre-fight festivities with his matching trademark "stars and stripes" boxing shorts and is in a jovial mood until Balboa knocks him down in the first round with a single uppercut, the first time Creed has been knocked down in his career.
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—Balboa with severe eye damage and Creed with internal bleeding in the abdomen. Creed gains a controversial split decision victory, and neither fighter wants a rematch, at least at that moment.
In the second film, Creed angrily demands a rematch in the hospital ER, and challenges Rocky to finish the fight from the climax of the first film. Creed's desire for a rematch with Balboa intensifies when it becomes clear that the prevailing public opinion is that Creed had been paid to intentionally carry Rocky for the round distance instead of knocking him out early in the fight.
Eager to change minds and ignoring the pleas of his staff to "let it go", Creed challenges Balboa to a second fight on Thanksgiving Day , Rocky has married his girlfriend Adrian after getting out of the hospital after the first fight, and decided to stop fighting after his brilliant but grueling feat against the world champion.
But Creed uses various humiliation tactics to coax Balboa out of retirement, until he and his trainer Mickey Goldmill finally accept the challenge.
Creed harshly taunts Balboa at the press conference, insisting that he would "drop him like a bad habit", telling Balboa as he leaves, "Come November, you're mine! Creed plows through sparring partners and trains harder than ever before, with the intention of punishing Balboa for the embarrassment he caused eleven months earlier. Mickey trains Rocky to become faster including peculiar methods like chasing and catching a chicken and instructs him to change his boxing stance, from left-handed to right-handed, both to confuse Creed and to protect his damaged right eye.
Unlike their first fight, Creed dominates Balboa throughout most of the second fight, thwarting Rocky's strategy of fighting right-handed although his trainer states that if he hadn't been bothered by the switching he should have knocked him out by the end of the first round. Despite this, he is unable to make good on his promise of an early knockout victory, as Rocky absorbs his punches and twice manages to get up after being knocked down. By the final round, Creed is well ahead on points; however, he also 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.
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Apollo then put on this red, white and blue outfit and predicted "Creed in three". Rocky ended up going the distance with Apollo in one of the greatest boxing matches in cinematic history! Related Best Sellers:. More info International Returns Policy We've had over 1 million happy customers since we starting doing business over 18 years ago. Customers Also Viewed:. What People are Saying about 80sTees:.
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Deals and Shenanigans. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. Amazon Subscription Boxes Top subscription boxes — right to your door. PillPack Pharmacy Simplified.Apollo Creed (August 17, - August 31, ) was the former Heavyweight Champion, who was introduced as an main antagonist in Rocky and Rocky II, the deuteragonist in Rocky III, the supporting character in Rocky IV and picture character in Creed and Creed II. Creed is presented as the undisputed heavyweight world champion in Rocky, he was undefeated and had cleared .