Anthony Joshua takes on Joseph Parker tonight in one of the most anticipated Boxing bouts in recent times. Parker is putting his WBO belt on the line and Joshua is defending his WBA and IBF titles. It’s a winner-takes-all fight and the first major Boxing event of 2018.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will host the fight and you can catch all of the action on Sky Sports Box-Office for £19.95 starting at 6pm, including a full undercard before the main event itself.
We love a good boxing film here at EF so we have compiled a playlist of all the Rocky and Creed training montages that matter – all to help you get into the mood for the big fight.
The Rocky series is one of cinema’s most beloved franchises, with 7 movies so far. Creed 2 will be with us in November of this year, reuniting Sylvester Stallone with his nemesis from Rocky IV – Ivan Drago (aka Dolph Lundgren). The plot focuses on Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) going toe-to-toe against Drago’s son Vitor (Florian Munteanu).
Here are the various training montages from the Rocky & Creed saga. If you are looking for inspiration to get healthy this year or just get hyped up for the Joshua/Parker fight then look no further – here is the ultimate mix of music and motivation to get you into fighting-fit shape!
A young boxer named Rocky Balboa (Stallone) gets the opportunity of a lifetime to go up against the reigning world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. This is the montage that started it all! The genius of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed shouldn’t go unnoticed here too, as he threatens to beat Rocky ‘like he committed a crime’. And don’t forget all of his brilliant ring names… ‘The Master of Disaster’, ‘The King of Sting’, ‘The Dancing Destroyer’ and the best of the bunch ‘The Count of Monte Fisto’.
Rocky II (1979)
With Apollo Creed hurting from his narrow victory, he takes on a new seriousness and offers a rematch to prove his dominance. With Rocky enjoying his new-found fame, it’s not long before he steps back into the ring to do what he was always destined to.
Rocky III (1982)
This film is the first time we are introduced to Survivor’s iconic anthem ‘Eye of the Tiger’. Rocky is now the Heavyweight Champion of the World and is successfully defending his title against a string of competitors. But a brash new brawler is waiting in the wings to take down the Italian Stallion.
Rocky III (1982)
We pity the fool who doesn’t love this 80’s fuelled montage. With Apollo Creed now a valuable asset, it’s up to Rocky to get back into fighting shape after the death of Mick (Burgess Meredith) and reclaim the gold against the new champ Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
Rocky IV (1985)
With Apollo having died in the ring at the hands of the ‘Siberian Express’ Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), Rocky faces his toughest opponent yet. Fighting in Russia and grieving the loss of his friend, Rocky must somehow beat astronomical odds to stand a chance.
Rocky IV (1985)
Struggling to find balance, Rocky is a man lost in a foreign land whilst training for the big fight in harsh conditions. Thankfully Adrian (Talia Shire) is on-hand to give the Italian Stallion the inspiration he needs to ‘fly now’.
Rocky V (1990)
With a brain injury that forces him to stop fighting, Rocky faces yet another obstacle in life when his financial security collapses. Forced to move back into the old neighbourhood, Rocky meets a young upstart with plenty of ability named Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison). Training the young boxer, Rocky gets a much needed win before things turn sour in this glorious ode to the 90s.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
With Adrian having passed away, Rocky struggles to fit into later life. Telling Paulie (Burt Young) that he still has something left in the basement, Rocky begins to train again after having successfully regained his boxing licence. When a computer simulation bout pits the current champ Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon (Antonio Tarver) against Rocky, people start to discuss what would actually happen if the Italian Stallion were to face him in an real fight. Cue one of the most inspirational moments in the Rocky saga with the legendary Duke (Tony Burton) delivering some words of wisdom.
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is the son of Rocky’s old adversary-turned-friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), and he seeks out the Italian Stallion’s help to train for a big fight and become pro. Directed by Fruitvale Station & Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, this Oscar nominated film is outstanding, including this inspirational montage.
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Creed II is released in UK cinemas 21st November 2018.