Sylvester Stallone has discovered the Alabama wonder kid who might be the next Rocky Balboa at just 9 years old. During the inaugural “Rocky Day” in Philadelphia, Ro Knight had the opportunity to meet Stallone and recreate one of the character’s most memorable scenes from the movie franchise.
Wearing Balboa’s iconic tiger jacket, Knight approached Stallone while he was posing for photos with fans in front of the celebrated Rocky statue as part of the city’s festive celebration. “Let me tell you something that you already know,” Knight belted out to Stallone. “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…”
Knight proceeded with the iconic speech from the film Rocky Balboa, occasionally accompanied by Stallone himself. Meanwhile, a sizeable crowd watched in awe. “That’s how winning is done!” a beaming Stallone shouted alongside Knight at one point in the speech. Sly shared the epic moment on Instagram.
“This kid is a real life Rocky!” Stallone captioned the video. Stallone and Knight faced off for the first time on “Rocky Day”. However, this wasn’t the first time Sly had noticed the pint-sized pugilist.
At just nine years old, Knight has become quite the sensation on social media. His Instagram account, @Ro_knows_wrestling, boasts an impressive following of over 50,000 fans.
In May 2021, Stallone posted a video on Instagram featuring Knight delivering the same speech, adorned in Rocky’s iconic red, white, and blue trunks. “This very young fan is amazing!” Stallone captioned the clip of the then-six-year-old Knight. “It makes me incredibly proud The ROCKY character has been passed down through several generations. It’s quite humbling … Keep Punching young man!”
Philadelphia’s ‘Rocky Day’ Was a Long Time Coming for Sylvester Stallone
Meanwhile, the recent “Rocky Day’ seemed like a long time coming. The Rocky films and Philadelphia are forever linked. The first film was set in the city, and the franchise often returns to the City of Brotherly Love.
“This day is an amazing day for me, and the people who have taken in Rocky into their hearts,” Stallone said in a statement. “When I come to Philly and stand on the steps, it touches my soul like it did when I was a child. This is a very special place in a very special city. … Believe me, there’s no other place like it in the world!”
Nearly 50 years ago, Rocky catapulted Sylvester Stallone to superstardom and made Philadelphia his second home. This critically acclaimed movie, written by Stallone himself, won the coveted Best Picture Oscar. Of course, it inspired five sequels that showcased the unwavering determination of an underdog fighter. The franchise also spawned the spinoff series Creed.
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