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16th Jun 2019

Tyson Fury does Apollo Creed cosplay, despite the fact Apollo gets killed in that film

Wil Jones

He does know it ends, right?

Tyson Fury made short work of Tom Schwarz on Saturday night, beating the previously undefeated heavyweight in the second round of Fury’s first Las Vega fight.

A thunderous right hand put Schwartz on the floor, and his corner threw in the towel just seconds later to give Fury the win. It was an expected outcome of a showcase fight for Tyson Fury.

What really got people talking though was Fury’s entrance. He was in full Apollo Creed in Rocky IV cosplay, wearing the stars-and-stripes top hat and robe, shuffling along to ‘Living In America’ by James Brown and flanked by Vegas showgirls. Say what you will about Fury, the man knows how to put on a show.

The thing is though – has Tyson Fury actually seen Rocky IV?

If you haven’t seen Rocky IV, well, first up, what’s wrong with you? It is not only the best Rocky movie, but also just generally one of the greatest films ever made, blending hilariously obvious Cold War propaganda with endless training montages and a sublime 1980s music video aesthetic. There is even a 1980s robot sidekick at one point.

Anyway, at the start of the greatest film ever made, Rocky’s former-rival-turned-BFF Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) takes on Russian genetic freak Ivan Drago (Dolph Lungren).

And Drago kills Apollo in the ring.

So yeah, if you are a real-life boxer, do you really want to recreate one of Hollywood’s most famous boxer-getting-absolutely-battered-in-the-ring-then-dying moments for your fight?

And that’s not all – after the fight, he gave the crowd a rendition of Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’.

“I got a big man out of there by switching it up. He caught me with a couple but you can’t go swimming and not get wet,” said Fury after the fight.

“I came here to have fun and enjoy myself. I don’t take it too seriously. I thought I put on a good show and the fans got what they paid for.”