Actor Sylvester Stallone was officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, on Sunday, June 12, 2011 for his work portraying the underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky films.
Alongside Stallone, legendary heavyweight boxer ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was also inducted. “I’ve never pretended to be a boxer. I don’t possess those skills,” said Stallone. “What I do think I have is an understanding of what goes on outside the ring. Outside the ring is sometimes maybe an even bigger struggle than what goes on inside the ring, and I was able to capture that.”
“More than that, you also realize that our life is a constant battle,” Stallone said. “Sometimes I write things that may seem a little sentimental, but I truly believe it’s not how hard you can hit — it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward because that’s really what makes the difference in your life.”
Watch Stallone’s acceptance speech:
Stallone wrote five other movies based on the Rocky Balboa character and in 2006 was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America award for ‘Lifetime Cinematic Achievement in Boxing.’ “They are the guys that go in there and take the blows and show that if you really put it out there on the line, you are a champion” Stallone said. “You may not be the champion of the world, but you’ll be the champion of your life.”
In closing, Stallone added: “Yo Adrian, I did it!”, repeating one of the most famous lines from the films.
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DinoAugust 31, 2015
The Rocky Balboa character is an inspiration for me and many other people around the world. Someone who doesn't give up, who feels compassion and has a big heart. Thank you very very much and wish the best for you and your family.
Julius E. WrightJune 16, 2015
How in the world are You in the boxing hall of fame, & You ain't even a boxer? AND, You're inducted with Tyson, & Chavez? 2 people that have done more for the sport of boxing than You could ever do? If You're in there, then Carl Weathers, Mr. T, should be, too! :-)
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shankarJune 22, 2013
hi i am shankar from india. sly i really love your movies. rocky was a great inspiration. i really love rocky 1 movie. your practicing with dangling meat bags. and running in streets of philadelphia and blessing you take from church father before your boxing match. but you failed to take blessings from church father in rocky 5 that is the reason why the movie did not fare well. please create script for another rocky movie.
loganAugust 20, 2012
Yo Rock i am only 8 years old and i have seen all of your rocky movies.Im sorry about Sage. love Logan
IsakNovember 10, 2011
Sylvester,Congratulations I am from Turkey, I was born in 1979 and follow your movies since 1988 thank you for those great movies,You gave me inspration in those movies how can get succes in my life.I want to put one question why did you not make Rocky in the years 1990 -2006 you did not think abot the retiremen of Rocky in a such early age in Rocky 5 and in my opinion Adrian should not die in Rocky 6 and why did you wait untill 2006 ? I should tell you we are waiting for Rocky 7 in Rocky 7 you should absol. be a trainer. you are a great star
VincentOctober 25, 2011
Hello, my name is Vincent, I am 13 years old and I lived in France. I am the biggest fan of Sylvester Stallone. It is really an exemplary person for me. My legend preferred is doubtless "Rocky", especially " Rocky 2: The revenge ". I look at Rocky every day. Saddened if there are errors, I translated this message on the net ! In any case a small message to those who have never seen Rocky: you cannot cross(spend) a life without seeing Rocky. It is impossible!
Tabitha MurphyOctober 15, 2011
Wow! I'm 45 years old and I just saw Rocky, and Rocky II! It was fantastic! I don't know why I've never seen it. Maybe because I didn't need it until now. Rocky has inspired me to not quit! Thanks & Love you Sly!
Giovan BattistaOctober 14, 2011
oops I did some mistakes..I meant...That you did a LOT for sports and boxing, even if was not your main intention. (Forgot to type "A LOT")
Giovan BattistaOctober 14, 2011
You deserve it, you reached a lots of goal in your life I really admire you, as a person as an actor, you did (even if maybe was not your intention..) for the sport in general and surely for boxing.You inspired people,athlets,men, women, children,adults and old people...Rocky is an Icon and YOU are an Icon. God bless you Sly (and Rocky) A fan from Italy
vahidAugust 29, 2011
i say just it sylvester i love you I want from god to see you event once
SpiralAugust 28, 2011
You have some amazing luck and talent. Above said is true. I love boxing and your movies have always given me insight to what being a boxer really means If someday possible i shall see u.
freddyAugust 28, 2011
olha sly amizade e uma medalha em uma guerra chamada vida e eu me sinto condecorado por ser seu amigo parabens meu amigo e muito mais sucesso pra voce
carlos elizondoAugust 23, 2011
esta ta doperfecto RAMBO es lo mejor rocki el especialista cobra debolution man asesinos etc.SILVESTER STALLONE ES LO MEJOR Y SUPAGINA ES LOMEJOR
KatieAugust 23, 2011
Congrats Mr. Stallone. You deserve it. I loved all the Rocky movies and I watch the last one constantly. You are an amazing man and you are talented. Thank you for sharing your stories of Rocky with the world.
matt from brisbane australiaAugust 21, 2011
Congrats sly u rock. cant wait 4 expendables 2&3
PavelAugust 19, 2011
Mr Stallone , you did it again!You are amazing and I fully admire you for your achievements and your determination in life and career! Greetings from Bulgaria!WE LOVE YOU!
Jozsef DankoAugust 18, 2011
Congratulations from Hungary!!! Fighters Fight!!! Boxing record Wins 56 Wins by KO 51 Losses 23 Draws 1
Selcuk OzdemirAugust 15, 2011
The movie Rocky is a landmark in our lives. Sly is someone very special and a gift of God to all of us. He is a powerful mental support to me when I am alone and the whole world is against me. Go on Sylvester Stallone...we need your movies.
MihaltosAugust 15, 2011
Greetings from Russia! It's wonderful that someone like Sylvester is involved in the events dedicated to boxing. I am always impressed Stallone, he will always be a model for me, as we say, this guy!
JacquesAugust 11, 2011
Congradulations Sylvester. Man I would love to meet you bud. Maybe do a good workout with you or play a small part in one of your movies. That would be awesome. My Name is Jacques(aka Smiley)and I am going to be 46yrs old this month. I know that I would have no problem playing a part in your movies.
chandrasekharAugust 10, 2011
You are great sylvester
kavinAugust 8, 2011
Hi Mr.balboa you are the real hero and the passion you have on your profession was unreachable by anyone and will you a long life and forbidden success for you at all aspects
Rich SawyerAugust 7, 2011
Congratulations! Well deserved! You inspire all of us to go out there and be somebody...Be true to ourselves and do what we do to the best...To keep going no matter what! Thank You!
SophieAugust 7, 2011
Dear Sly, I can't believe that I have only truly discovered Rocky at the age of 30. I have always known about the movies, but I never really took the time to watch them. Sometimes, you just don't see what's standing right infront of you. This all changed last week, I watched the first movie, and after that I was hooked, I had to watch them all. Something else that changed this week is that I started going to the gym again. I had planned to go back before I saw the movies, but what a coincidence that it all happened at the same time. Guess what's playing on my iRiver when I'm working out? :-) Rocky is a masterpiece: the story, relationships, fights, hard work, dedication, and music couldn't be better, it's all perfect! I laughed, cried, cheered, I felt these movies so much! You are a true inspiration, I admire your dedication, hard work, and talent. Congratulations on being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame! Sophie
smallcatAugust 4, 2011
Hello! I'm from Vietnam. I always scare of watching boxing but Rocky Balboa made me feel quite different. He's a great boxer but also full of love and humor. I think the writer must has something resemble his character or at least is trying to reach his character. I love Rocky Balboa and so, I love u 2, Sly :) ! Thank you and congratulation! (Sorry if my English is unable to understand ^_^)
Rockin Ron RobertsAugust 2, 2011
Thanks Sly For Autographing my Portrait Boxing Glove at the Banquet at Syracuse New York,Congrats on your Induction (PICTURE)on Facebook ROCKIN RON ROBERTS
Hari(Sly)July 31, 2011
Hellooooooo!!!! I don know, after reading you (from all the available sources like the movies, books, internet, interviews...i felt we have a lot in common except your physique..am always a little smaller than you...and all i want is this day...continues for years...you are my god, my mentor, my every muscles and nerves...whenever i get low confidence i watch rambo, rocky...the DVD is always in standby...whenver i want i see it...get motivated, energized...you are my god, if i have one wish,,,it is to see you once in my life..and the next min i die...I love you sly...Keep punching...
gabyJuly 29, 2011
me encantaria conocrete seria mi sueño que nunca olvidaria en mi vida sos lo mejor de todo aguante toda la saga de pelis un gran gran abrazo hermano
gabyJuly 29, 2011
es lo mas groso de todo los grosos lo amo
gabyJuly 29, 2011
es lo mas groso de todo los grosos lo amo y es mi heroe cada vez que veo sus peliculas se me pone la píel de gallina vida por siempre al gran stallone
Will Ridgley Sr.July 29, 2011
Mr. Stallone, I had the priviledge of seeing you in Canastota on June 12th, 2011. Congratulations to you and all of your accomplishments. Willy
betsyJuly 26, 2011
I love you stallone you are the greatest, im 22 years old and we share the same birthday! If you ever need a new wife!! im waiting for your call hehe xxxxxxxxxxxxx
José MiguelJuly 25, 2011
Hello, I'm from Spain of a town called Bétera, since I was little and kept his films and wanted to congratulate you. You are one of the best actors, have an autograph suyo.a maybe I would like to ask demasiado.perdon ask if there is any wrong word I have translated translator internet.
jesusJuly 24, 2011
Hi Mr. Stallone Congratulations¡ could you please check the trailer of a anteproyect,in You tube Bajo la Aurora. We are interesed in your opinion. Tanks.
Dr. Sherry Anne LintsJuly 24, 2011
Sylvester, Congratulations on this tremendous honor. You are entirely deserving as it took a story about an underdog from Philly rising (respectfully) to top to introduce this hearing and speech impaired Gospel-singing girl from Upstate NY to the world of boxing. I have followed (and own) every Rocky film and most all of your films since 1976 and wanted to meet you for nearly 30 years to say "THANK YOU" for providing me with the source of the single greatest inspiration in my life through the character of Rocky Balboa, apart from Jesus Christ. So...thank you. Also, I thank you for taking the time to [FINALLY] meet me as you were leaving the hall of fame. Just before you headed out behind the building, and after signing a few autographs, I called out "STALLONE!" and you rounded the corner a few feet to where I was and shook my hand...twice. I was not able to capture a picture or an autograph but I was able to quickly shout "Thank You," which was barely audible above the excited crowd. In case I haven't said it yet..."Thank you" (again) for inspiring so many of us to be winners in life. Love and blessings to you (and your family), Sherry Anne
Heidi MertelJuly 24, 2011
I was born in 1959 and I have been following your career since 1976. You and Arnold are by far my two favorite actors. I have a way of trying to make things happen in my life without being able to connect the circle. I have music, dance and a play at my fingertips and don't know where to take them. I really want my friends to capitalize on their talents and I know that God will direct me somehow. Where do we draw the line for our personal success and helping others? You are GREAT. Thank you for all of your hard work and inspiration.
amir mobasherJuly 24, 2011
hello my dear actor sylvester stallone im amir mobasher from iran and I LOVE YOU
DanielaJuly 23, 2011
Felicidades Señor Sylvester me llamo Daniela y soy de Rumania yo e visto todas sus peliculas,eres una persona maravigiosa mi familia le admira muchisimo mis amigos de Rumania le saluda a usted y un abrazo muy fuerte y que tenga mucha suerte en la vida y muchos años por delante para vivir y aser mas peliculas.Yo con respecto y cariño le saludo des de lejos para el Señor Sylvestre Stallon.Un abrazo de parte de Daniela de Rumania.
ashishJuly 20, 2011
congratulations from India... sly.. world knows this that u r the best ;) nobody evry born... to compete u ... just be always like this... we love u a lottt .... always with u ... cheers... :) namaste....
Steve McCallJuly 19, 2011
That's incredible! That's great Sly! One of my biggest idols of all time! We recently visited the Rocky Steps & Statue! Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qyHpzRnXok Or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150325892962845&comments Check it out if you have two minutes
Oliver EscobedoJuly 16, 2011
Felicidades Rocky Pasatela bien en tu dia
Luis Eugenio Álvarez GonzálezJuly 15, 2011
Sylvester,te acompaño en el sentimiento por la muerte de tu padre.Todas mis condolencias por esta gran pérdida.Todo mi apoyo y afecto en estos duros momentos.Espero que estas pequeñas muestras de apoyo de tus fans te sirvan de apoyo y consuelo dentro de lo posible aunque entiendo perfectamente que en estos momentos no estás para leer estas cosas espero que en un futuro te puedan llegar a servir aunque sea en grado ínfimo como un pequeño apoyo.Y de la misma manera para que comprendas el afecto que sentimos por tu persona y que lo sentimos con todo el corazón.Un abrazo muy fuerte desde Madrid(España).
jJuly 15, 2011
Thats awesome, i love boxing, i love rocky, i love stallone! Rocky films and you really are enough good for this, congratulations stallion!
Massimo D'AgostinoJuly 15, 2011
Sly,la perdita di tuo papà è sentita con dolore e particolare affetto nei tuoi confronti....condoglianze sentite e dovute
VinayJuly 15, 2011
Yo Sly, you did it. 'Sylvester Stallone' is an other name for fantastic, fabulous, marvelous, superb, excellent,wonderful and many more. Perhaps u were an inspiration to millions in the world and possibly u will be. There is no hero like you and cant be also. You are a real hero. I was very much inspired by your movies and workouts. Even in our country people are so crazy bout u.. we love YOU SLY!!
RebeccaJuly 14, 2011
ROCKY BALBOA!! Sly, you are the greatest boxer ever! i wish i could meet you someday, your an inspiration. I live in rainy old Washington and any time I watch a ROCKY movie even if its at 3am I just have to workout! All 6 movies were awesome, wasn't like any other boxing movie, it was unique and hard core, God bless! and Congratulations! =] -Becca
Alexandre Di MarzioJuly 14, 2011
Non ho la presunzione di dire che capisco il tuo dolore, ma vorrei esserti vicino, per offrirti tutta la mia disponibilità, il mio conforto e il mio affetto. Condoglianze Sly!
LeelzJuly 13, 2011
Sly. You are truly one amazing individual. I find that as I see your journey throughout the Rocky and Rambo series, I see a much wiser Sly. One that has an intelligent perspective on life. One that enjoys his life as it comes, and realises what his priorites are. You have inspired me since I was 12 and will continue to forevermore. I am in awe of your fantastic brain and... body! Haha! Thankyou for gracing the screen many times over the years. I love you, and you are definitely a person that I will always look up to. Please come to Australia just one more time!
Bhoopi BharatpurJuly 13, 2011
HI Rocky? you are a grate actor & Boxer. you have tough many lesson of life for whole world. you are not only famous in u.s. also whole world even in India. I am crazy for you. I learnt many things from you. You are a really Rockkkk... I always want to see you. you live thousand of year. If I got a chance,it sure I will meet you.......... you are a real Hero...............
DAMNPREETJuly 11, 2011
U TOLD TO US HOW TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS WITHOUT ROPES N HOW TO ACHIEVE WORTH BY CROSSING OVER WOrse YO ROCKY GO ROCKY..
DAMNPREETJuly 11, 2011
U TOLD TO US HOW TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS WITHOUT ROPES N HOW TO ACHIEVE WORTH BY CROSSING OVER WORTH YO ROCKY GO ROCKY..
Find a new DVD offerJuly 8, 2011
He really is a great actor and good boxer
aparupJuly 8, 2011
you are the GOD.....want to meet you once before i die...come to India..please...SYLVESTRE STALLONE is the "worst nightmare" of everything bad in the world...he is a superhero..
MimmoJuly 8, 2011
You are a very nice person, and a smart one,but not everybody realizes that..So,it would be great to spend an evening at dinner with you and all my friends in a pizzeria here in Rome,talking about life and interesting things. I know that is impossible..Only the snob guys meet the interesting people too bad! Bye Bye! P.S. I'm so glad about the blu ray of Demolition Man,because that movie is just like you : funny and intelligent.
DAVIDJuly 8, 2011
i congraturate you for havig reached that stage God bless you.
Garry AtkinsonJuly 7, 2011
Happy B'day Sly from fan in Australia
ZoeJuly 7, 2011
Well first of all a big Happy Birthday Sly!!! Congratulations for this achievement and...Yo Adrian, of course he did it!:)
Luis Claudio CoelhoJuly 6, 2011
SLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOD BLESS YOU!!! #1 FAN LUIS CLAUDIO COELHO FROM BRAZIL. [email protected] - LUIS CLAUDIO COELHO ON FACEBOOK
Michael HyamJuly 6, 2011
Congrats Sly!!! I remember watch Rocky at the age of 4 in 1982 from that day on i was hooked. A true hero! If you are ever in Toronto Canada please email me. My whole crew of friends loves you and we would be happy to take you for a drink!!!
Luis Eugenio Álvarez GonzálezJuly 6, 2011
Muchísimas felicidades por tu cumpleaños.Esperamos que sigas cumpliendo muchos más para poder seguir disfrutando con tus magníficas películas.Un saludo desde Madrid(España).
david hasenstaubJuly 6, 2011
congrads sly.. you are truely an inspiration to us all. your words of wisdom and incredible writing in all of your films have made otherwise difficult times seem effortless. you truely are americas hero.. definatly my idol and hero . oh and happy birthday. still look terrific!!
TAQUET TRISTANJuly 6, 2011
Happy birthday Sylvester Stallone!!je suis votre fan depuis toujours,merci a toi rocky.
carinaJuly 6, 2011
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS SEÑOR SYLVESTER!!ESPERO Q LA PASE MUY BIEN ESTE DIA TAN ESPECIAL...ME ENCANTAN SUS PELICULAS!!!USTED ES UN EXELENTE ACTOR!!
TAQUETJuly 6, 2011
Happy birthday Sylvester Stallone!!vous etes mon idol et mon reve serait de vous rencontrer.
Slyitalian Facebook Group (410)July 6, 2011
Happy Birthday, Sylvester Stallone!! from your Italian fans! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=190011871072
AbhinandanJuly 6, 2011
Hello Sir my name is Abhinandan your the one who inspired me in life and u still do. I was 9 when I saw your movie first it was over the top I always wished my father was like u But it would never happen I became tough by watching your movies and exercises u did in Rocky movies I know I am too young and inexperienced to say this as I am just 18 but one day I am going to meet ya and I will make myself like you and that is a promise!!!!!!!
DanJuly 5, 2011
That's an awesome acheivement and speaks volumes about all you've done for the great sport of boxing! Congratulations Sly!
Alexandre Di MarzioJuly 5, 2011
Tu sei speciale, non dimenticarlo mai, e speciali devono essere le persone a cui tu dai Amore, amicizia e affetto. Un altro anno è passato e una ruga in più sul tuo viso è comparsa, e per quanto possa sembrarti brutto perchè ti ricorda il tempo che passa, per noi resti sempre lo stesso...Un mito e un esempio di vita! BUON COMPLEANNO SLY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg7wd1F_nRA&feature=channel_video_title
rosyJuly 5, 2011
congrats sly...........what an honor! you deserve it! rosy♥
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ConnieJuly 4, 2011
your movies are very inspiring to me:)
BrianJuly 4, 2011
Congrats SLY! Thank you for everything you have done, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! You truly deserve it.
RihannaJuly 4, 2011
What an achievement. You are my favourite hero since my childhood. Master of the art of action Films. Love you Stallone.
Bridget NelsonJuly 4, 2011
Sly you have been a huge inspiration to my husband and I, we have been fans since before we met. We were at the induction and it was wonderful for you. We have brought our son up knowing you since he could talk he was so badly wanting to see you at the induction. Yelling Rocky Rocky I don't understand why the State Police thought he was a threat and pushed you away? We would have liked to meet you and introduce him to a very big inspiration in our lives. We are so happy for you and truly believe you deserve this and believe you are a great person for our children to look up to. Much love top you and your Family. Sincerely, John, Bridget and Colin Nelson
Bradane MurielJuly 4, 2011
What a fantastic reward for this wonderful actor!! I love you Sly!!! And for the 6th: Joyeux anniversaire et pleins de gros bisous!! Muriel(France)
IanJuly 3, 2011
Amado Syl, seguro no atendes o escuchas esto que te digo.......quiero sepas de todas formas.......influiste en mi vida------------te quiero...........desde aegentina-------------gracias por todo..............mi sueño.....un dia hablar contigo!!!
keileighJuly 3, 2011
Congralutions Slyvester'Stallone:* you deserve it :) Iloveeyou!<3 Fromm yourr biggest fannn Keileigh! xoxoxooxox
RickeGJuly 2, 2011
Hey Sly, I don't know if you read these things or not. But, you are one hell of actor to convince boxers to put you into their hall of fame! You may be the only person in history to make it into two halls of fame: sports and acting. Having seen every Rocky film in the theater over the past 30+ years, it won't be the same going to the movies again. You have been given the gift to draw a screen play that can touch the emotion of every human being no matter where they are in life. Today, I still pull out the DVDs of the first Rocky movies and watch them with my 7 year old daughter. And despite the flaws you may flinch at today looking back at them, they were some of the best movies. They proved that it does not take a lot of money, or computer graphics, to make a great film if the script and acting is that good. Best wishes to you and your family! RickeG
JobinJuly 2, 2011
Dear sly,you deserve more than this.you are not only a ever hero in movies also in life of many.i never ever forget 'come on'you rocking:)
Bil GovosdisJuly 1, 2011
Congratulations Sly from Greece,the cantry were the pure matches of boxing started 2500 years ago
ShaneJuly 1, 2011
Omg!! Sly you did it again...God Bless you buddy, you'll always be a champ in my eyes. You've been my hero since i was 9 years old. You so deserve this achievement! Congrats Sly. Shane
Jacques TanguayJune 30, 2011
He absolutly deserve it! The number of people who Sly influenced in their lives is incredible..!! Me the first! Long live Sly! And please don't retire just yet, we still need you and i'm sure you still got something for us!
WebmasterJune 30, 2011
Congratulations Sly! An amazing achievement.