Stallone joins Boxing Hall of Fame
Sylvester Stallone paid tribute to the "real-life Rockys" as he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum this week.
The 64-year-old Hollywood star - who wrote and starred in the 1976 Oscar-winning film about an underdog boxer from Philadelphia named Rocky Balboa - was named among the 12-member 2011 class.
Sly said in a statement: "It has been my privilege to have been blessed with the ability to write about the incredible courage and commitment of the many thousands of real-life Rockys whom we have watched perform honourably in the ring."
Rocky was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning best picture, best director and best film editing.
Stallone also 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.
Boxing legend Emanuel Steward said: "The two things that brought boxing back to the forefront with the public was the great success of the 1976 Olympic team and when Sylvester Stallone gave us our heavyweight champion - Rocky Balboa. I still get goosebumps when I hear the Rocky theme."
Boxing champion 'Iron' Mike Tyson, who made a cameo in comedy movie The Hangover last year, was also inducted.
The self-proclaimed "baddest man on the planet" said: "I am honoured. The sport of boxing has given me so much, and it is truly a blessing to be acknowledged alongside other historical boxing legends because they paved the way for me, as I hope I have inspired others in this great sport."