Rocky vs Drago: Relive the classic fight as Balboa exacts revenge on Apollo Creed’s killer

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There are worse ways to spend your Christmas Day than watching an absolute classic, albeit fictional, fight

Not many people gave Rocky Balboa a chance of defeating Ivan Drago, but he did, and by the end of the Christmas Day bout in 1985, chants of ‘Rocky, Rocky’ could be heard around the arena in Moscow.

America wanted revenge for Drago’s part in Apollo Creed’s death during an exhibition match in Las Vegas and Balboa – possibly feeling guilt for not stopping the match sooner – helped exact it.

Ahead of the fight, Rocky went back to basics for his training camp, lifting heavy logs and chopping down trees in the snow, while Drago used the latest technology to get him in top shape.

And the Russian definitely looked the part and when the bell rang to begin the fight, Balboa was caught on more than one occasion by Drago’s fists of steel.

However, as with all naughty boys at Christmas, he was the one left with nothing at the end.

DISCLAIMER: we may have had too much mulled wine and mistaken the 1985 film, Rocky IV, for a documentary about a classic fight.

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