The Sly Stallone Boxing Hall of Fame Debate

Read the opposing arguments from Loyal Homer and Babe Ruthless.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductee class for 2011.

“Iron” Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu, Referee Joe Cortez, and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain were (and still are) legends during their time in the ring. Each will be entering the hall to join the greatest in boxing history. But they were not the only people named this year.

Joining the newest batch of legends in boxing’s hall will be Sylvester Stallone.

In reality, Sylvester Stallone has the exact same professional boxing record that I do. But on the silver screen, his creation – Rocky Balboa – is among the most recognizable figures in all of boxing. Who amongst us hasn’t imagined ourselves running up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or screamed ”Yo, Adriaaaaaaaaan!” at the top of our lungs AT LEAST once in our lives?

But are Hollywood catch-phrases and musical montages enough to warrant induction into the same fraternity as Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Sugar Ray Robinson?

Does Sylvester Stallone deserve induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame?

There are plenty of reasons why Loyal Homer feels that Stallone should NOT be receiving this honor, while Babe Ruthless feels that the honor is absolutely deserved.

No matter what the verdict, though, John Goodman should not get his hopes up for a similar honor in Cooperstown!

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2 Responses to The Sly Stallone Boxing Hall of Fame Debate

  1. PAUL MICALE says:

    The Rocky movie brought a renewed intrest to boxing. Not to the hardcore fans,which are small in number compared to other major sports.But the peole who needed a reason to become a boxing fan.That reason was Rocky.Even my wife became a fan,I`m sure his good looks had something to do with it,but you get my point.I think the character Sly created did more to promote boxing than any one thing before the first movie and since. I bought my tickets to the Oncenter the morning after his induction was anounced.I`m sure I`m not alone.

  2. Loyal Homer says:

    First off Paul, thanks for the comment and feel free to comment whenever you like.

    Maybe he’s more appreciated by people older than me and it’s harder for me to say how people reacted to Sly personally during that time frame since I wasn’t alive. I just dont think any of that warrants an actor going into a Hall of Fame.

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