Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang are iconic antagonists from the Rocky franchise and excellent boxers, but who would win in a fight between the two?
Between Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang, the Rocky franchise has two of the best antagonists ever, but who would win in a fight between the two? The iconic Rocky franchise contains some of the best fights in cinematic history, and Creed vs Lang would surely be in that category. Both boxers give Rocky an incredible fight through a combination of elite physical talent and sensational skill.
There is a bit of an age gap between Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang to keep in mind when considering a fight between the two. The question of who would win in a fight between these two legendary boxers should be approached under the assumption that both are fighting in their primes. In a matchup as tight as Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang, a gap of even a couple of years could make the difference. When Apollo Creed fights Rocky in the original Rocky, Creed is in his prime, and that is the version of him to be considered in a hypothetical matchup with Lang.
Why Apollo Creed Would Beat Clubber Lang
The fight would be one for the history books, and it would surely be close, but in the end Apollo Creed’s superior skill as a boxer would win out over Clubber Lang’s superior strength. Creed would be able to dance around and avoid any of the major KO punches that Lang would seek to land, while peppering him to the body and head. It is unlikely either of them would be able to knock the other out, considering their skill and strength, but Creed would carry the day by decision because he would land more hits.
It is also important to consider that Apollo Creed would not approach this fight the way he did when he fought Rocky in the original Rocky. When Rocky nearly beats Apollo Creed, Apollo is approaching the fight like it’s going to be a walk in the park. Were he to fight Clubber Lang, he would know coming into it that it would be one of the toughest fights of his life. The killer mentality that Apollo Creed would take into the Lang fight would help him avoid underestimating Lang like he did Rocky.
Why Apollo Creed Was The Better Rocky Villain
Apollo Creed is also a better villain than Clubber Lang in the Rocky franchise. Creed is a deeper character who actually ends up training Rocky. It is also his son, Adonis, who becomes Rocky’s protegé in the Creed movies. Overall, Apollo Creed just brings more to the Rocky franchise than Clubber Lang does. It’s not that Lang is a bad villain, he simply is not on the level of the legendary Apollo Creed.
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