I’m a few days late on this one, but Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday under the classification of an “Observer“* because of the impact that the Rocky franchise has had on the sport of boxing. In fact, Stallone was inducted on the same day as Mike Tyson, whose presence in the Nintendo game Punchout! may be the reason that most of us ever even noticed the sport. But all wistful childhood nostalgia aside, Stallone’s recognition has the boxing purists plugging their cauliflower ears and screaming for the sanctity of their nearly irrelevant and almost totally corrupt sport.
These experts and critics say that an actor with no fighting past has no place in their Hall of Fame, despite his film character’s iconic status and impact on the sport.