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Beloved boxer killed in ring
By Jacques Strapp
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Meanwhile, Predator scooped up Balboa’s head and disappeared. The alien species is known for keeping the skulls of its victims as trophies.
"I warned Rocky not to mess with no alien species, but he just wouldn’t listen,” said his teary-eyed trainer Duke Evers after the fight. “He always did have more heart than brains – especially now.”
Balboa shot to fame in 1976 when he went the distance with then world champ Apollo Creed in the Oscar-winning film Rocky. In a rematch, he won the title and pounded his way through several sequels, most notably fighting mohawked maniac Clubber Lang, Soviet behemoth Ivan Drago and, most recently, Mason “The Line”
Balboa is survived by his son Robert, 31. His wife Adriane died in 2002 of cancer.
“Rocky was an icon that transcended the boxing world,” proclaims MGM studio honcho Harry Sloan, whose company distributed Balboa’s last film. “He also took in $790 million at the box office overall -- and that’s not including video and DVD sales and merchandising.
“Believe me, everyone in the entertainment industry will miss him sorely.”
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