Ok, so we all know Rocky is a fictional character and a product of Sly Stallone’s imagination inspired by Chuck Wepner, however, there’s no denying that when many people think of boxing, Rocky immediately springs to mind. A superb underdog story which even today captures the imagination each installment of the franchise (except 5 obviously) manages to stir up something within us all. Simply to hear the music from one of the training montages or fight sequences is enough to kick start my engine today and get me along to the gym!

So, here we pay tribute to a real boxing great who rose from nothing to the very top, just as Stallone did in real life. Writing the script himself and showing unbreakable will to bring his script to life with himself taking the lead role. Even though he could have taken a much higher price for his work had he not refused to sell the right unless he took the leading role he pushed on until he found a studio willing to back him, and how that paid off. At one point he even sold his beloved dog to raise some desperately needed cash and then bought him back for half the earnings he finally got paid for his script.

If you have ever seen any of the films we’re sure you’ve been suitably impressed and would more than agree with us that Rocky deserves his place here. Check out all of his training scenes for some inspiration below!

Following on from our reports fictional characters in the world of boxing when we talked of Rocky Balboa, we now feel the need to mention one of our all time childhood favourites, who probably wouldn’t be best known for his boxing skills but due to the positive and memories and inspiration that was given to us by Batman whilst growing up we thought that we’d report on him here and perhaps show a clip or 2 of his awesome moves. We are of course referring to the Batman from the 1960’s played by Adam West with Robin played by Burt Ward. You can see some of him cracking moves below as he sparks out plenty of villains. 3 hits was standard, Batman hitting the bad guy, bad guy hitting floor and the ambulance hitting 90mph (an old saying but a good one!)

He could also take a punch too and often did, showing his steel jaw that simply wouldn’t relent, a bit like Eubanks. Of course this should all be taken with a pinch of salt as of course Batman doesn’t deserve his place along the superstars of the boxing world we’ve mentioned here but he does take us back to some fond memories that first introduced us to the fight game here at boxingguru.co.uk and the amount of Batman games and spin offs that this series ultimately led to is quite astonishing with everything from cinematic casino slots games making people rich to a simply staggering range of merchandise and numerous Hollywood films. Go ahead and take a look back at a few of the episodes, if you’re as old as me then I’m sure you’ll well appreciate them. Kapow!!!

Without a doubt, Barry McGuigan was one of the top names in the boxing industry when he was around, consistently in the top three of his era. As an amateur he won an incredible wealth of titles and in the 1978 Commonwealth Games he won gold aged just 17. His first world title, the Featherweight Champion of the World, came in front of 20m TV viewers as he beat down Eusebio Pedroza, and won fight of the night in the process!

His amazing performances in the ring early on his career seen him tipped for the very top, and his classy personality helped these calls grow even louder. He helped cross sectarian and religious divides for many, using his likeable personality to bring others together and change the future of the world he lived in. His career involved many incredible different wins and performances, and today he is still seen as one of the true gentleman of the sport. He helped create a neutral feeling throughout the Troubles in Northern Ireland, too. His open personality made it easier for others to be more accepting of religious divide, at a time when religious tension was at an all-time high.

He fought all across Britain, and created an incredible following throughout the years as he would fill out wherever he fought. His main act to help with the problems in Ireland was, as a Catholic, to marry his Protestant sweetheart. Today, they still remain happily married. He won many fights throughout his career, fighting until the late 1980s when he retired following a loss to Jim McDonnell. However, prior to his retirement he had collected a large selection of accolades and awards, with numerous belts and personality awards littering his stories career for the generations to come.

He fought in the US, too, having taken on Stevie Cruz from Texas in Las Vegas in 1986. It was a fifteen round fight that lasted forever, and McGuigan lost the fight by decision after suffering heavily from dehydration throughout the fought. This was the last time that he ever held a title, despite being the owner of many titles along the way like the WBA Featherweight title. It was his own passion for boxing that made McGuigan such a popular member of the sport, but his personality and ability to help with the problems in Ireland certainly played an equally large part in puffing up his legend.

In May 1951, when the famous Sugar Ray Robinson decided to fight Randy Turpin, the rest of the boxing world went into frenzy. Sugar Ray was one of the main names in the industry at the time and his legendary status is still apparent even today. He’s an all-time great of the sport, and was probably the best in the world in the 50s. he could outbox the showmen and power the big fighters – so what hope did Randy Turpin actually have against one of the world’s truly top, elite boxing names?

With 85 amateur wins and 40 1st-rounds KOs, Turpin knew he was in for the fight of his life. Sugar Ray had won his first 40 professional fights straight, and lost a controversial decision to Jake Lamotta in the early 40s. However, he destroyed Lamotta in a rematch just three weeks later and over time he won his next 90 fights in the ring. He won the middleweight title in 1951, after again beating Lamotta.

Widely popular across the entire world, there was little support for Turpin outside of the UK. While Turpin was a good boxer, Sugar Ray was a world great –but the fight never went the way that everybody thought it would. Instead, Turpin took the fight to Sugar Ray and had him on the ropes several times. On the run-up to the fight, Turpin had been in good form himself and showed no fear to the world-class star from abroad.

The fight continued to shock the crowd as Sugar Ray never got into his stride and was never able to land any convincing blows. Instead, Turpin beat him down slowly and by the end he had convincingly won the fight entirely. He won the fight on a decision, and Sugar Ray was magnanimous enough to admit so after the right. His was to be the start of a semi-rivalry between both man, albeit a friendly one.

Turpin got to get paraded around his home town and has become an instant hero in the world of UK sports – and no wonder! He beat one of the true great names in the boxing world, who had won 90 fights in a row!

The best boxers in this world tend to be those who have incredible grit and determination, and don’t let personal setbacks affect their performance in the ring. Joe Calzaghe was one of the biggest names in UK and worldwide boxing for many years, and his incredible record in the ring makes him one of the true legends of the game. Having been the WBO Super Middleweight Champion for more than eight years after dispatching Chris Eubank, Calzaghe took on Jeff Lacy to defend his title in Manchester.

With 17 successful defenses, Joe was going for a win that would establish him in the pantheon of the top boxers of all-time. Jeff Lacy was an impressive American boxer who was showing comparisons to legend Mike Tyson, and was a genuine prospect in the ring. He had won the 2004 IBF title by comfortably dismissing Syd Vanderpool in the 8th. The fight was nearly cancelled, as Calzaghe was suffering from left hand problems following the defeat of Evans Ashira, but he was convinced to stay on by his dad and promoter Frank Warren.

The fight itself was far more basic, however. Calzaghe asserted his credentials by spending the night sending Lacy sprawling time and time again. He rocked the American several times and even knocked him down for a career first. Without landing any solid punches of his own, the fight was a comprehensive Calzaghe victory that changed the entire perceptions of the Welshman around the world. Calzaghe landed roughly 1,006 punches to Lacys 116. After the match, Joe quipped that a rematch would probably see him put in jail for the beating he would administer!

From this point on, the myth of Jeff Lacy was finished forever. He never became anything like the star we were promised, and Calzaghe continue to grow from strength to strength. He actually retired unbeaten, one of the few boxers to do so, and his outstanding performance against Lacy is just one of the reasons he is so highly quoted in the boxing world. A true superstar, this is the performance that really established the big Welshman as one of the premium names in the industry.

Looking to find out more about one of the UKs best ever fighters? Read into his career, it’s one of the most genuinely thrilling things you can do today! He’s a real livewire and his outstanding consistency in the face of his own private problems is something to truly behold.

This is one of the biggest fights in recent memory, as it’s the fight where Lennox Lewis “broke” Mike Tyson. From the fight at the press conference in the build-up to the madness that ensued in the ring during the actual fight, this was one of the most engaging and memorable fights in recent years. The press conference itself went down in history, as the two created a massive ruckus that even seen Jose Sulaiman, at the time the WBC President, completely knocked out!

Famed for his sheer power, many expected Tyson to steamroller the good but fairly ordinary Lewis in the ring – but this was not to be the case at all. Instead we saw the end of one of the most enigmatic boxers of all time.

However, the fight itself is a little more depressing for Tyson fans. After a fairly even start to the fight, Tyson found himself slowly losing momentum as Lewis started to use his pace and strength to get Tyson on the back foot. With a minute left of the first, Tyson delivered a powerful blow that knocked Lewis back, giving Tyson time to recover. The second round say Lewis start to control the fight, landing effective digs on Tyson without much reply.

Tyson took a cut in the third round, and by the fourth round Tyson was rushing his chances and Lewis was using his fitness well to totally dictate the fight. By the fifth, Tyson was gassed and really struggling to actually land the type of power punches required to totally finish the fight off. This continued in the same vain, with Tyson really struggling to stay in the fight at all, right up until the eighth round.

With 47 left on the clock, Tyson took a monster right cross from Lewis, which sprayed him to the canvas. As he lay there on his back, he was counted out and the former best fighter in the world was, in that moment, forever beaten. It was named as the Ring Magazine KO of the Year in 2002, and has stood as a landmark moment for many long-time boxing fans.

Tyson was the epitome of the rage and passion that carries boxing as a sport, and his KO was just a sign of what can happen to a sports personality if they don’t control themselves and ensure that they have their future under control. It’s a fight that brings back a lot of memories, and was the beginning of Tyson’ exit from the boxing arena and into a new lifestyle.

For a time, Naseem Hamed – other Prince Naseem – was considered to be the greatest fighter on the planet. His agility, speed of thought and dexterity made him stand head and shoulders above his rivals and contemporaries at the time. By the time Naseems 1997 bout with Kevin Kelley arrived at Madison Square Garden, New York, he was already becoming one of the main box office hits in the entire boxing world.

He was defending his WBO Featherweight Title, and it was his ninth defence. Going into the fight with a record of 28-0-0, with 26 KOs, Kelley was the overwhelming underdog with the entire crowd and, in truth, the majority of the boxing world backing Naseem. With his amazing agility, Naseem was able to quickly get around the balanced fighting style of Kelley and put him in his place, despite the 7” reach advantage of Kelley.

It was the first visit of Naseem to the US, and he had a lot of work to do – the States were unconvinced by his qualities, and he was seen as a showman rather than a genuine boxer by some. However, his hilarious speed matches with a lethal jab quickly asserted Naseem as the one to beat for many, and going up against the powerful Kelley in his own arena was sure to be the biggest test yet of the young Naseem.

Entering the ring in the most outrageous, Naseem style possible he made a trademark entrance to wow the Americans, and got the fight off to a rambunctious start. As soon as the bell went, though, that was it. Kelley was in serious trouble. The whirlwind pace of Naseem had him on the back foot right away, and with his agility keeping him well out of the way of any attacks or counters led by Kelley, Naseem quickly overwhelmed the big American. Kelley caught Naseem with a great punch coming up for the end of the round, but with Naseem brushing it off as it was nothing.

Kelley started well in the second round and consecutive knockdowns had the crowd baying for the blood of Prince Naseem. Not to be, however, as despite slowing down Naseem and creating a rhythm for himself, Kelley eventually succumbed to the incredible pace and movement of the Prince. The leaping right-hand hook following by the left was the finishing move in the 4th round, and instantly Naseem established himself as one of the true greats in the boxing scene for years to come.

Softly spoken and looking like he was never cut out to be a boxer, Chris Eubank is one of the top names in British boxing history. Addicted to many substances as a youngster, Eubank got himself in school and trained at the Jerome Boxing Gym as a boy. He became obsessed, and got to the semi-final stages of the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament, a prestigious youth tournament for the best young boxers in the land.

His professional boxing debut came at the age of 19, and he first made headlines with a win as an undercard in a Nigel Benn fight in February 1989. He won his first title, the 1990 WBC International, beating Hugo Cortio and then Renaldo Dos Santos (whom he beat in just 20 seconds). Believing that he could take Benn, at the time one of the top names in the boxing world, he took him on in a classic encounter and won with a stoppage in the 9th. He then defended his title against Dan Sherr and Gary Stretch in an outstanding match. He then won a majority against Michael Watson, and he moved up from Middleweight – with a perfect 28-0 record – to Super-Middleweight.

Eubank was struggling in his first fight for the vacant title at his new level, and was in serious trouble of losing to Watson, a previous opponent from the past. Eubank was in serious trouble on his way to the end of the 11th round, but unleashed a devastating right-hook that nearly finished the fight there and then. Eubank finished the fight off in the 12th with a series of punches, but shortly after Watson collapsed in a heap in the corner of the ring. After eight minutes of lying in danger, and no medical staff on sight, Watson was only saved – just. This was the end of the “killer” aspect of Eubank, preparing to finish fights on decision from there on after.

Seen as arrogant and extremely out of touch with other boxers, due to his posh accent and large vocabulary, Eubank made a fool of his critics for years to come and his 1993 re-match with Benn came to an end with a pulsating draw, and he continued to fight the likes of Steve Collins and Joe Calzaghe. This was the beginning of Calzaghes rise to fame, and his victory over Eubank on points was the beginning of the end for Eubank.

He moved into Cruiserweight before losing to Carl Thompson in a rematch for the WBO Cruiserweight title. The fight was stopped for a cut and it was at this point that Eubank knew his time as a boxer was finished.

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, for a time there was little to dispute the fact that Prince Naseem looked like he might just be the best young fighter the world has ever seen. He was a child prodigy and was trained in a southpaw style at Brendan Ingle’s gym. It was here that he started to hone the skills and tricks that made him a short-term part of the boxing pantheon.

A successful start to his boxing career was what took him all the way to being drafted in for a shot at the WBO Featherweight title. Although he had never fought at this weight before, he took on the champion Steve Robinson. Held in Cardiff, the home ground of the champion, Robinson was dismissed in the 8th round after a cracking punch from the Prince. This was the beginning of his outstanding title defence run and his own legacy starting within the world of boxing.hamed ko

His first defence was against Said Lawal, who was dismissed just 35 seconds into the fight with the first punch thrown. It was this type of super-efficient boxing that made Naseem, but it’s also arguably what finished him off in the end. He was held up as a symbol of the “new” boxing due to his extravagant personality and outlandish entrances, mixed with an incredible pace and speed of thought within the ring.

Victories kept flooding in for the Yorkshireman, as more and more rivals were put to the test, only to fail. He regularly beat big names like Kevin Kelley, Tom Johnson and Wilfredo Vaquez with relative ease to establish himself, at the time, as one of the biggest names in the sport not just in the UK but in the entire world. He retained his titles time and time again, with fifteen successes in a row until he fought Marco Antonio Barrera.

The Mexican is a lethal fighter and his own stringent training regimes blew apart the basic approach of the Prince. By the time the fight started, there was no real flow to the fight from Naseem as he struggled to get going. In the final round, he went for a high-risk punch that missed, and Barrera punished him. He lost his fight with Barrera and therefore his title, and this was the beginning of the end for Naseem.

Although he lost his way in the end, at one point he was a truly marvelous fighter. Whether it was his flying carpet or his flying hands, there was nobody that could doubt the incredible strength and prowess of Naseem in the ring.

The Pride of Wales is one of the most reputed fighters in the game, having won all 46 of his professional fights. He is a former WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring champion, and is the longest serving Super Middleweight champion in the entire history of the sport. He held 21 defences in a row, and was champion for over a decade. He only let the title go as he changed weights! However, as his time as champion of both belts overlapped one another he owns the record of being the longest continual boxing champion of all-time.

His immense power and unbeatable determination made him one of the most well respected men within the boxing world very quickly. His retirement in 2009 came as a blow to the boxing world, as the big Welshman is one of the most highly quoted boxers in the game. Despite only being rated 11th on the all-time list of British boxers by Boxrec, you can be sure that he name Joe Calzaghe is synonymous with boxing wherever you go.

He was the BBX Sports Personality of the Year, having won a huge 28% of the votes. He was also inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. Born to a Sardinian father and a Welsh mother, Calzaghe has a mixed heritage that gives him an extremely diverse following. He was the first person to be given The Freedom of Caerphilly, which is his home county; such is the pride that he bestows on the local area with his hard work, determination and brilliant character.

His career began at age 9, when he held an incredible amateur record of 110-10! He eventually moved up from the Amateur world in 1993, and too on Paul Hanlon on the undercard for Bruno V Lewis in Cardiff. The young Welshman put a stop to the 23-fight run of Paul Hanlon, finishing the fight in the first. By 1995 he was a name, having won 13 out of 13 fights. Only one of those fighters went the distance with Calzaghe, Bobbie Joe Edwards.

By October 1995 he was the British Super Middleweight champion, beating Stephen Wilson to take the unclaimed belt. His career continued its upward trajectory with victories all over the camp, including wins over Pat Lawlor and Mark Delaney. His first “real” test came in 1997, when he took on Chris Eubank for the vacant WBO title. Calzaghe shook the odds and beat Eubank, putting him down in the opening seconds and holding on to win. Calzaghe continued his winning ways throughout his entire career, beating name after name including Jeff Lacy, Bernard Hopkins, Joe Louis and Mikkel Kessler.

Retiring in 2009, big Joe won every fight he went into and was noted for his unstoppable determination and an ability to take on even the hardest, most difficult of foes and come out on top. His steely physique allowed Joe to win fights more comfortably than others his size, and his iron jaw held out throughout his whole career. A true legend of the sport, very few people can get close to matching the accolades of Joe Calzaghe.