Former champ Randy Shields says the Rocky films have promoted a dangerous notion that he calls the Rocky Balboa Syndrome, where boxers are portrayed as stupid, idiotic bullies.
Although Shields admits most of the guys who take up the sport professionally arent at the top of the totem pole intellectually, theyre not slow-witted doofuses like Balboa.
Shields does praise the series for the way it depicts someone who got out of the gutter and did something with his life, he says it would be more realistic if Stallone made Balboa become a chiropractor in retirement.
He also is taking a swing at the new films plot, which has a now-60-year-old Rocky fighting a boxer who is decades younger.
Shields says theres no way that would ever happen and says the Italian Stallion would be lucky to last two rounds.
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