Creed II: Sylvester Stallone strongly hints he will retire Rocky character as he passes on mantle to Michael B. Jordan

IT’S OVER

Rocky Balboa made his debut in 1976 and has had a remarkable 42-year career

Sylvester Stallone has broken the hearts of boxing and film fans all around the world with an announcement in which he all-but retired his character Rocky Balboa.

The 72-year-old actor put up an Instagram post following the release of the latest film in the franchise – Creed II – and stated the following:

Stallone has played Balboa in eight films across five decades

Stallone has played Balboa in eight films across five decades

“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide world for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years.

“It’s been my ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character.

“Though it breaks my heart, sadly all things must pass and end.

“I love you kind and generous people, and the most wonderful thing of all is that Rocky will never die because he lives on in you.”

In the video, Stallone stands with cast and crew after filming the final scenes of Creed II and declares: “Well this is probably my last rodeo because what has happened I never expected.

“I thought Rocky was over in 2006 and I was very happy with that, and then all of a sudden this young man [Michael B. Jordan] presented himself and the whole story changed.

“It went on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures and I couldn’t be happier because as I step back – as my story has been told – there’s a whole new world that’s gonna be opening up for the audience, for this generation.

“Thank you very much Michael for making that possible.

“Now you have to carry the mantle.”

Boxing and film fans were obviously devastated by the announcement, and you can read their reaction below.

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