Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. (born July 6, 1945) is a boxer portrayed by Sylvester Stallone who has appeared in the Rocky series from 1976 to 2006. Rocky Balboa is one of cinema's most iconic and well-liked characters. He is the former Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was a "Leg Breaker" for Mafia soldier Tony Gazzo.
Rocky, about a struggling club fighter, meat packing plant worker, and part time local muscle man for a low-level local mob soldier and loan shark who, by chance, gets offered a shot at facing the World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) by the champion himself, and puts up an unexpectedly valiant effort in a loss by earining split decision, and an eventual rematch, which occurs in the 1979 sequel, Rocky II.