Sylvester Stallone on Boxing Sparring in Rocky III: Great Era of Painful Fun

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Sylvester Stallone continues his journey throughout the memories of Rocky III.

Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone made a new post reminiscing the Rocky III (1982) film on his profile on Instagram. It follows the knockout story with Mr. T as well as the diet he had to undertake while filming the picture.

“Sly” posted an “old footage” from the set of Rocky III on Monday. It shows him inside the boxing ring, sparring his brother Frank “The Tank”.

“…as usual things always get carried away with brothers,” Stallone captioned. “I’ve sparred with Frank many many times and without exception it always turns out that one of us ends up throwing a cheap shot, usually it’s me and the battle is on!”

“I used to hate sparring Frank. Because he’s always coming at me with an assortment of nonstop left hooks. He’s relentless, and he is a great jaw, which I tried to hit as often as possible…”

Our door was always open

Legendary actor also talks training for Rocky III. This includes Mr. T as well as the numerous “guys that worked at the studio”.

“I remember when I was training for Rocky III we at the gym for hours working with Mr T training very hard every day. When I finished working with Mr T, which was always a painful affair, he’s just so damn strong, he would train on the speed bag and heavy bag and Frank and I would take on all volunteers who wanted to get into the ring and say that they boxed with Rocky”.

“Usually it was guys that worked at the studio. Like carpenters, big teamsters, construction workers, etc. Anyone who wanted to spar a couple rounds, our door was always open. That’s how we would get in shape real fast.”

“Some days we drive home feeling very good, and other days we would crawl home feeling very bad.”

The most fun was to spar much larger man

In addition, the iconic boxer out of the big screen, Sylvester Stallone talks his experience in facing off the bigger men. He talks the size differences and the change in the game after the first round.

“The most fun was to spar much larger man. Sometimes being outweighed by over 100 pounds [45 kg] and hit very hard. But cause of their size, they would also miss quite a bit and, throwing heavy punches and I’m not hitting anything, drains a big man very quickly.”

“Unfortunately, exhaustion usually sets in after one round. And after a couple of well-placed body shots, a man is barely able to lift his arms. And then it was our turn to dish it out. That’s what I would call a great era of painful fun…”

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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