Yo, Rocky! Sylvester Stallone voted into Boxing Hall of Fame

rocky-1976Image Credit: Everett CollectionSylvester Stallone was always a Hall of Famer in my book, but today it became official, as he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Officially, he enters the Hall as a Screenwriter — he was nominated for an Oscar for writing Rocky — but that doesn’t really begin to describe his role as an all-around boxing ambassador during the last 35 years. If anything, I have to ask, What took them so long? Rocky Balboa has been an American hero since he went the distance with Apollo Creed in 1976; he went on to win the Cold War in 1985 when he chopped down the big Russian, Ivan Drago. Do you really think the stogie-wielding Boxing Writers Association of America voters were on the fence about Stallone until the fifth Rocky sequel pushed him over the top? Or was it Stallone’s involvement with NBC’s boxing reality show, The Contender, that finally earned him the nod? Please. Maybe they decided they needed an inductee who can deliver a speech without subtitles: He’s being honored alongside two Mexican greats, a Russian (how ironic), and the ever-loquacious but often-inscrutable Mike Tyson.

Whatever the reason, a hearty congratulations to Sylvester Stallone, for creating the most iconic Hollywood boxer ever, for making the Philadelphia Art Museum famous, and for always sending Rocky back out there, even when some critics wished he’d throw in the towel. Yo, Adrian!

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  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Yo Adrian…I did it!

  • Sean

    I agree, should have been much sooner, but it does coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Rocky.

    • Liza

      Yay! Yo Adrian, we did it! It’s not about winning it’s about proving you can go the distance.

    • Brendan

      Rocky came out in 1976, 34 (almost 35) years ago. How does that coincide with the 30th anniversary?

  • AC

    What’s next? Kevin Costner for the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    • ks

      Paul Newman in slap shot too :)

  • Nathan

    This makes sense, the Rocky films have done more for the sport than the sport has over the past 25 years or so!

  • Greg

    Also, the International Boxing Hall of Fame was inducted into the Sell-out Hall of Fame.

  • Luis Sanchez

    Stallone is the Best my vote is for him.

  • DAN

    WHAT A JOKE

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  • Jay

    Including Stallone in the Boxing Hall of Fame is ridiculous! He is not a real boxer!

    Does that mean a person who portays a character in any sport should get in the Hall of Fame as well?

    How ridiculous would it be to induct someone in the Hall of Fame just because he acted a series of succesful baseball movies?

    Only people who have acted performed on the field in real life should get consideration.

    Actors have their own accolades such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Oscar, etc.

  • Yo Danny

    This is great news ppl. Think about how many boxers gathered inspiration from these Rocky movies to never let anyone point a finger in your face and tell you that you cant do what seems impossible. Rocky might not be real but, he has been the motivation and inspiration for many boxers, fighters and just anyone who wants to better them selfs. I cheer at the news that my favorite boxers of all time is now a H.O.F :) Rocky! Rocky! Rocky! “Yo Adrian we did it!”-Rocky Balboa

  • Yo Danny

    Boxer*

  • realfan

    Wow. Everyone who agrees with decision seriously knows nothing about sports. Being a MMA fighter and boxing fan, this is a huge insult to every boxer in the HOF. This is boxing selling a portion of it’s dignity in order to spark popularity. It really shows the desperation in the sport. This is a sad day

  • Yo Danny

    i think that maybe you need to remember that rocky gave the sport of boxing a bigger fan support. He’s a symbol and yeah he’s not a REAL boxer but he is and always will be remembered as the boxer.

  • Eddie

    Yes, finally that man is one of the most toughest man alive if only people knew what injuries and pain he sustained from making all of his movies than they would understand that it has been long over due for this inductee he’s the best much love sly!!!!!!!

  • Benjamin

    I enjoyed the Rocky series movies, but to elect a movie character boxer in the Boxing hall of fame is pushing it over the edge. We might as well make Santa Claus one of Jesus’s disciple.

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