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The original "Rocky" film came out in 1976 starring an unknown actor in Stallone. I've heard a few media types who are opposed to the induction of Stallone citing the fact that he wasn't a boxer or even a trainer. I don't think anyone can really argue the spotlight that Stallone put on the sport of boxing. Tens of millions have watched the six "Rocky" films, I may account for at least one of those millions, and I'm sure one or two of those viewers were drawn into the sport because of the films. Plus, do any detractors to Stallone's induction really think they could last even a round with the actor. Sure, it was all fictional fight scenes, but Stallone looked pretty impressive taking down Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV". Now if you'll kindly excuse me, I have to go run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Fun Fact: "Rocky I" had a production budget of less than 1 million dollars, but earned more than $225 million in box-office receipts.
- Question: Do you think Sylvester Stallone is worthy of induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame?