By Lem Satterfield
Footage for the movie, “Creed II,” was shot at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 3 during heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s 10th-round stoppage of Luis Ortiz.
Michael B. Jordan reprises his role as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed, who is the late friend and former foe of Sylvester Stallone’s aging protagonist Rocky Balboa.
Stallone wrote the screenplay for “Rocky,” which won an Oscar for “Best Picture” in 1977, wherein he battles to a draw with heavyweight champion Apollo.
Apollo Creed dies in Rocky IV from injuries suffered while losing to Russian fighter and Dolph Lundren character, Ivan Drago, whose son, Viktor, battles Adonis in “Creed II.”
Brett Yormark, who manages activities at Barclays as CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, spoke to George Willis of The New York Post about the filming of the movie, saying, in part, “It’s a big deal for us and my staff.”
“Being in a movie like ‘Creed II’ [the sequel to “Creed”] that will go global further expands and validates our boxing program," said Yormark of a movie which opens nationwide on Wednesday. "It shows Barclays Center is a destination venue for the biggest and best fights that can be made.”
Barclays’ Center’s first boxing card was on October 20, 2012 when Danny Garcia retained his WBA and WBC 140-pound titles by fourth-round KO of Erik Morales, and two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi, a Brooklyn native, retained his WBA welterweight crown by split-decision over Pablo Cesar Cano.
In September, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) named Barclays Center its official East Coast home in advance of hosting Shawn Porter’s unanimous decision over Garcia for the WBC’s welterweight crown on September 8.
Prior to Porter-Garcia, which marked the venue’s 30th boxing event, Barclays had featured more than 250 bouts and 55 championship fights.
On December 22 at Barclays, Jermell Charlo will defend his WBC junior middleweight crown against Tony Harrison, and his older-by-a-minute twin sibling, Jermall, his WBC interim middleweight crown against southpaw Willie Monroe Jr.
The PBC returns to Barclays on January 22 as WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is challenged by Josesito Lopez.
The pair of cards is among eight world title fights that will be televised on FOX over the next three months, according to The New York Post.
Wilder-Stiverne was also a PBC card.
“When I think about our program and where we came from six years ago and where we’re at today," said Yormark, "building continuity with the biggest and best fighters and being part of the conversation whenever a mega-fight is announced and now being in a movie like ‘Creed II’, I could never have dreamt of that.”