I remember watching this scene in disbelief back in the ’80s. This was definitely one of the most surprising moments in all of the Rocky movies. Mickey dying was the other. Rocky IV was released in 1985 and was one of the highest grossing film in the Rocky franchise, grossing over $300 million worldwide. It was also the third highest grossing film of 1985 behind Back to the Future, and another Stallone flick, Rambo: First Blood Part II.
In this scene, Apollo Creed wants to go out on top with one more fight, so he persuades Rocky to let him do it. Unfortunately, Creed is no match for Drago, and he pays the ultimate price. During the fight, Creed makes Rocky promise he won’t throw in the towel, which ends up being the biggest mistake of his life.
Enjoy this look back at Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago’s exhibition match in Rocky IV from 1985!