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Saturday, 19 October 2013 20:02

Rocky Balboa deleted scene | Awful sparring session (Video)

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Rocky Balboa (2006)

Classification: Drama

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Debut: 20 December 2006 (USA)

When 50-something, long-time retired fight legend Rocky Balboa defeats the current heavyweight champion, Mason Dixon, in a publicized computer fight, the unpopular titleholder challenges the ex-champ to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout.




Much to the amazement of fans and friends, Rocky takes the bait and agrees to fight Dixon, a quality champion who is not only faster, stronger and more coordinated, but also 30 years Rocky's junior.

The Result: Rocky loses a competitive, action-pack bout via a split decision but leaves the ring to the adulation of the crowd and the respect of his fans and critics.

After the inspirational lecture to his son where Rocky confirms his return, there is a scene where Rocky is back in the gym sparring. Father Time and the years of inactivity have taken a toll on the extremely sluggish Balboa who seemingly almost gets knocked out.


When Rocky's female friend, Marie, asks Paulie why Rocky is having so many problems sparring, he blames her for making him rusty. Of course, the relationship or friendly bond between Rocky and Marie is never really understood.

Producers should have kept this scene
Aside from Ivan Drago's freakish, superhuman strength (in Rocky IV), Balboa not sparring in preparation for heavyweight champion Mason Dixon is, by far, the most unbelievable, most fictional aspect of the entire Rocky series - Although I don't remember him sparring in Rocky IV either.

In Rocky Balboa, Rocky's trainer, Duke, tells him:
"You know all there is to know about fighting, so there's no sense us going down that same old road again. To beat this guy, you need speed - you don't have it. And your knees can't take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you've got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out."

Sparring is out? 

The producers use Rocky's arthritis and old joints as an excuse to not have Rocky spar so they wouldn't have to show the scenes.

But everyone spars. Everyone! Not matter how good he is.

A fighter challenging the heavyweight champion of the world - especially after a very long layoff - needs to spar. As a matter of fact, rusty boxers who haven't trained in years, like Balboa in the movie, need far more sparring than those who are fighting regularly.

Good movie... But not a wise choice.

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