Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ex-Champ Takes Swing At ‘Rocky Balboa’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The latest Rocky sequel, Rocky Balboa, opens today (Dec. 20) and one former champ is a little punchy about how the films have portrayed boxers.

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 aren’t “at the top of the totem pole” intellectually, they’re 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 film’s plot, which has a now-60-year-old Rocky fighting a boxer who is decades younger.

Shields says there’s no way that would ever happen and says the Italian Stallion would be lucky to last two rounds.

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