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Sylvester Stallone nonetheless packs a punch in 2024 (Image: GETTY)

Sly Stallone turns 68 this weekend and you continue to would not need to tussle with him in a hoop – or darkish alley. The Hollywood arduous man seems like he nonetheless packs a fairly arduous punch and positively by no means shied away from the blood, sweat, tears and PAIN when filming the various iconic combat scenes of the Rocky franchise.

Not solely did Stallone endure quite a few horrifying damaged bones, inner accidents and hospital visits, he has all the time overtly talked about what he went via – and often used the precise footage within the movies.

The actor has all the time been completely happy to present credit score to others the place it’s due, however he additionally didn’t mince worlds when the star who delivered to life certainly one of Rocky Balboa’s best rivals publicly declared his personal superiority.

Three of Stallone’s Rocky co-stars put him in hospital and he has described every in excruciating particulars, however he nonetheless solely regards one as a greater all-round fighter.

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Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers fight in the Rocky films

Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers combat within the Rocky movies (Image: GETTY)

The unique 1976 film launched the world to the plucky Philadelphia slugger and surprised audiences with the spectacular combat sequences. Stallone meticulously choreographed the fights in each movie, ensuring they by no means appeared ‘staged.’ So a lot so, that actual accidents had been frequent, as had been breaks for pressing medical remedy and restoration.

Apollo Creed, performed by Carl Weathers, was Rocky’s common antagonist within the first two movies (earlier than they constructed a friendship) and the jaw-dropping smackdown in 1979’s Rocky II was additionally fuelled by a real-life combat between the 2 actors.

Stallone mentioned quickly after: “I took a terrible beating. I let Carl Weathers really pound me. It was the most gruelling thing I’ve ever been through. Broken bones, the works… A lot of those shots aren’t faked. It’s as hard to learn not to hit somehow as to hit them, Right now my health is pretty bad. I have to go in for extensive testing. They talk to me about enlarged intestines, rearranged insides…I’ve lost a lot of weight. Don’t worry. I’ll get it all fixed up.”

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Hulk Hogan chokes Stallone in Rocky 3

Hulk Hogan chokes Stallone in Rocky 3 (Image: GETTY)

Three years later, Stallone was “mangled” however not in a boxing match. Rocky III launched 6’7 pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips and the 2 characters had an exhibition match that left Stallone within the worst agony of his life.

He mentioned: “I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner, charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high above me that his shin-bone actually came down (like a) giant tree on my collarbone, and I tumbled to the floor.

“I used to be afraid to take a look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes… I mentioned, ‘Don’t roll me over, do not transfer me,’ as a result of I used to be positive there was bone protruding via my higher chest! Of course, there wasn’t, however I’ve by no means felt such a mind-numbing ache from a large hit earlier than or since that day!”

“Believe it or not, when he jumped into the viewers to combat with the stuntmen, three of them needed to be handled on the hospital!”

The film also introduced Laurence Tureaud, aka Mr T. The bouncer and bodyguard was spotted on NBC’s America’s Toughest Bouncer and brought in to play bruiser Clubber Lang.

Sylvester Stallone and Mr T in Rocky III

Sylvester Stallone and Mr T in Rocky III (Image: GETTY)

Stallone and Lundgren as Rocky and Drago Rocky 4 fight

Stallone and Lundgren as Rocky and Drago Rocky 4 fight (Image: GETTY)

The pain simply continued in 1985’s Rocky IV when Dolph Lundgren’s terrifying Ivan Drago kills Weather’s Apollo Creed and pulverises Stallone, on-screen and off.

Stallone said: “In the primary spherical, I believed these two characters ought to hate one another a lot that they need to simply assault one another like pit canines… professionalism be damned. So what you see within the first twenty seconds is actual, and after the third take of taking physique blows, I felt a burning in my chest, however ignored it. Later that evening, I couldn’t breathe very properly, and so they took me to the emergency room. My blood stress was 200+, and the following factor I knew I used to be on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive look after eight days.

“What had happened is he struck me so hard in the chest that my heart slammed against my breastbone and began to swell, so the beating became laboured, and without medical attention the heart would’ve continued to swell until it stopped. Many people that have car accidents die like this when the steering wheel slams into their chest. So in a sense, I was hit by ‘a streetcar named Drago.”

Sylvester and Frank Stallone with Carl Weathers

Sylvester and Frank Stallone with Carl Weathers (Image: GETTY)

Rocky and Paulie actor Burt Young

Rocky: Paulie actor Burt Young (Image: GETTY)

Years later, Stallone was told that a fan had asked Weathers who he thought would win in fights between all the Rocky franchise stars. He’d replied that Mr T was the toughest, followed by himself, then Dolph Lundgren and finally Sly.

Unsurprisingly, Stallone was not impressed and hit back: “Absolutely not. First of all, my brother Frank used to spar with Carl and chase him across the ring like a fox operating from a hound. I noticed Dolph Lundgren decide up Carl and heave him three toes into the nook after I was directing the scene between them; fairly than retaliate, Carl bought out of the ring and mentioned one thing ferocious like, ‘I’m calling my agent… I give up!’

“So in order of boxing skills and fighting ability, I would say Dolph Lundgren, myself, Mr T, Paulie, and then Apollo Creed (Weathers).”

Rocky himself has spoken and taking a look at these 68-year-old biceps, who’s going to argue with him?