"Pretty" Ricky Conlan is the Lineal World Light Heavyweight Champion, #1 Pound for Pound Boxer in the world in Creed. The Liverpudlian boxer faces a seven-year prison sentence for illegal firearms possession. He is initially slated to defend his title against Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler, but the fight is canceled when Conlan breaks Wheeler's jaw during a press conference. His manager Tommy Holiday convinces him to fight Donnie Creed as a last hurrah before serving his prison sentence. Conlan is shown to not have much respect for the legendary fighters of the past claiming, "No cares about Balboa anymore" and taunting Donnie for being a "false Creed" believing that Donnie only earned his shot through his name alone with "not a real fight in [Donnie's] life". Conlan has a "rags to riches" background as his father worked on the docks. Conlan predicts an early end, but Donnie goes the distance. Despite being knocked down for the first time in his career by the end of the 12th round, Conlan narrowly wins by a split decision. He shows respect for Donnie, telling him he is the future of the sport and imploring that Donnie wears the "Creed" name with pride.