World’s oldest boxer wants to square up with `Rocky’ Stallone

May 24th, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Sylvester Stallone Sydney, May 24 (ANI): A Sydney father of seven, hailed as the world’s oldest professional boxer, is shaping up to fight Hollywood hero Sylvester Stallone.

Dexter “Dingo” Dunworth has started training for a possible bout in the US against the actor most famous for his roles as evergreen world champion boxer Rocky Balboa, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I can only go by what I’m being told from America and that is I’m being put forward as an opponent for Stallone,” said Dunworth, 53.

“The fight is for the Mid-American Heavyweight Title. I have no idea what Stallone’s ability is like, but I’m told he has said [before] he could go six rounds against a heavyweight, but they’ve offered him four rounds. It’s exciting, and to be in the ring against the man who played Rocky would be a dream.”

Stallone, who won an Academy Award for his first portrayal of the underdog fighter in the 1976 film, has reportedly expressed a desire to box in a professional bout to bring “closure” to the big-screen story and its five sequels.

Stallone, 62, trained as a boxer before starring alongside light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver in Rocky Balboa - the last of the films - three years ago.

Dunworth’s US-based manager, Stacy Goodson, has approached Stallone’s representatives about fighting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Sun-Herald understands a powerbroker from US pay-TV giant Showtime is willing to make the bout as lucrative as possible for Stallone. (ANI)

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