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Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. is a fictional southpaw boxer and protagonist portrayed by Sylvester Stallone who has appeared in the Rocky series from 1976 to 2006. During the series, he wins the Heavyweight Championship of the World twice. He remains one of the cinema's most beloved movie characters.
Robert Balboa was born in April 1947 as the only child to a Roman Catholic Italian-American family. During the scene in which Rocky takes Adrian skating on Thanksgiving, he tells her "Yeah -- My ol' man who was never the sharpest told me -- I weren't born with much brain so I better use my body." This encouraged him to take up boxing. He trained very hard so he could grow up to be like his idol Rocky Marciano. The film begins in 1975, and Balboa is living in the slums of the Kensington section of Philadelphia, working as an enforcer for a loan shark while at the same time fighting the local club circuit, including the Cambria Fight Club, nicknamed "The Bucket of Blood". Later on in the film, at the beginning of the fight against Apollo, one of the commentators mentions that Rocky had fought in 64 fights, winning 44 (38 knockouts) and losing 20.
Balboa gets his big break when the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decides that he wants to give an unknown fighter a chance to fight for the title after his intended challenger, Mac Lee Green, broke his hand while training. After getting picked by Apollo, Balboa reunites with his estranged trainer, grizzled former boxer Mickey Goldmill, who convinces Balboa that he can help get him prepared for this fight. At the same time, Balboa begins dating shy pet-shop worker Adrianna Pennino (Talia Shire), younger sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young).
On January 1, 1976 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Balboa fights Creed, who didn't take the fight seriously during training. Creed soon realizes that while Balboa doesn't have his skill, he has a punch like a concrete block and was determined not to quit even when Mickey tells him to. Although Creed wins the fight by a split decision, it is the first time an opponent has lasted the full 15 rounds against him. Both men, battered beyond belief, agree that there would be no rematch. Rocky was fine with this as he only wanted to go the distance with Creed.
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