Rocky Balboa is a down-on-his-luck boxer and sometime muscle-for-hire for a local gangster. He struggles to get by and keep his dream of boxing alive. One day, he finds he has been kicked-out of his locker at the local gym. Just when he thinks his career is over, though, the heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed, comes to Philadelphia for a Centennial Celebration bout with a complete unknown. Billed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go a few rounds with the champ, Rocky is chosen as the challenger.  But Rocky has no intention to simply lie down for Apollo.


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