He was divorced by Ludmilla Drago (Ivan's wife) and he was forced to raise Viktor Drago (Ivan's son) on his own. He is like your Popeye, he eats his spinach!'' Ivan Drago (Russian: Иван Драго) is a major antagonist in the Rocky film series. The audience erupted for Creed while the crowd boos at Drago. Ivan continued after the sound of the bell, throwing two more punches to the bloodied Apollo. Rocky, who trained Adonis at the start of his career, suffered severe brain damage in the fight. At the beginning of the seventh round, the president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev looked over with a worrying look to Nicolai Koloff who was seated next to him. He is seen lifting extreme amounts of weight, using various machines for his arms and legs, even running around a private indoor track, whilst his personal trainers tracked the minutiae of Ivan's biology, monitoring even his heart rate. Eventually, Rocky was able to work out a deal with Ivan's team to have the fight take place in the USSR on Christmas Day for no money whatsoever. Ivan and his team accepted the challenge and agreed on a venue and date. Spoilers for Creed II ahead. Infantry Captain (late 1970s until late 1980s) Professional Boxer (1985,1991-late 90s)Boxing Trainer for Viktor Drago (Late 90s-Present) FOR ME!"[3]. Drago's punching power was measured and it was well beyond that of whatever the best puncher in the world could do. When shooting the film, Sylvester Stallone decided that for the shooting of the fight, he and Dolph Lundgren should hit one another for real, so as to increase the intensity of the scene. Since Creed II is all about sons measuring up to their fathers, it only makes sense to wonder how Viktor Drago compares to his dad. It's clear that Ivan is looking to finish the fight as quickly as possible. Ivan holds an Olympic gold medal and holds a strongest punch of over Ivan's temper then snaps, prompting him to grab and hold Nicolai by the neck, and throw him into the audience, exclaiming "I fight for me! boxer in the Red Navy named Yuri Denisov. And according to the actor, he achieved this by using old-style Russian training methods, some of which will actually appear in the film. He’s spent his whole life feeling like he’s had to live up to his famous, heavyweight-champion dad, and this is an opportunity to do so. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Ivan also is remembered for saying "I must break you" to Rocky Balboa immediately before the match begins. Adonis never met his father, but the opportunity to fight the son of the man who murdered him offers some sense of retribution or closure for his loss. Blonde In 2018 (Creed II), Ivan issued a challenge to a newly crowned Heavyweight Champion named Adonis Creed (Apollo's son) on the behalf of his son, hoping to avenge his loss to Balboa all those years ago. The fighters touch gloves and like his previous encounter with Apollo, Ivan slammed his gloves down on top of Balboa's and said ''I must break you.''. Drago in the ring as it rises into the arena. Ivan Drago (Russian: Иван Драго) is a fictional character from the Rocky film series who originates from Soviet Russia. Ivan came out second and was praised with support from his home crowd, he entered the ring and nodded to his superiors who were sitting in the upper decks of the crowd. while smirking. 0 Ivan knows that there isn't anything he himself can do to get back into the Russians good graces, but he knows that he can use his son in order to be accepted back by them. During this time, he accumulated a record of 31-1 (31 KO) and won the WBA Heavyweight title. the USSR is on the deck of a warship, where Ivan is pitted against the best Rocky made it clear to everyone that he would attempt to avenge Apollo Creed's death at the hands of Ivan, which is now labelled "Death from Above". Creed II By the end of the first round, Rocky was already cut and bleeding with Ivan hungry for more. Male Ivan seems stunned by the fact that he has been cut open and backs away, causing Rocky to charge at him, unloading with rights and lefts before trapping the Russian in the corner and unloading with body shots. Visibly frustrated by the Russian, 42 year old, Apollo Creed came out of a five-year retirement to challenge Ivan to an exhibition match, which would be promoted by Rocky Balboa. First appearance The first example of this is when Viktor is running in front of Ivan's truck, and Ivan continues to pick the speed up, eventually cutting in front of Viktor and telling him "When I tell you to run faster, you run faster'' followed by slamming his car door. Drago is the only major antagonist in any of the six. A straight shot of that magnitude would kill a regular human flat. Viktor Drago’s father is no stranger to Rocky fans. Ivan was married to another athlete named Ludmilla Drago, who is a double Viktor has been fighting in Ukraine for some time, winning all of his fights by KO. '', in which Creed would succumb to his injuries and die. talks and always spoke on his behalf at press conferences and interviews. But Adonis isn’t the only one carrying father issues into this fight. When Bianca suggests starting a new life together in Los Angeles, Donnie is reluctant to leave Philadelphia as it would mean leaving Rocky. Gender Ivan's style was based on size, strength and mental force of over two thousand pounds per square inch, hence the expression that Adonis knocks Viktor down twice in the round, causing a number of Viktor's supporters, including Ludmilla Drago, to leave the fight. In the second round, Ivan stood with his hands down and slipped Apollo's punches, intimidating Apollo. In 2018, the Drago name is still shamed on by the Russians, leaving Ivan alone in Ukraine with Viktor Drago (Ivan's son). He seems to be a very pitiless and cold-hearted person as shown when he comments on Apollo Creed's death: "If he dies, he dies", indicating that Ivan feels no remorse (deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed) for his actions. Viktor is an aggressive, angry fighter. Ivan trains his son without remorse, pushing him, and often looking down on him for not doing better. dismissed allegations of Ivan's steroid use, explaining her husband's freakish He wouldn't go down. In the second round, Ivan continually lands blows on Rocky and knocks him down again, much to the chagrin of Balboa's trainers and Adrian Balboa (Rocky's wife), but the turning point comes when Rocky catches Ivan with a right hook that opens up a bad cut on his cheek! Occupation Losing to Rocky and embarrassing himself in front of high-ranking Soviet officials effectively ended Drago’s career, and his son presents his best opportunity to return to the spotlight. It was predicted by the majority of sports analysis that Apollo would defeat Ivan because of his outweighing experience and his ability to win under pressure. Ivan was born on November 3rd, 1961 in Moscow, Russia, there isn’t Drago looks confused by all the entertainment, but he kept his composure and backed into his corner as he awaits for Creed to enter the ring. Informations complémentaires. However, Ivan never unified the title or fought the very top contenders due to promotional politics. [4]. After the fall of Soviet Union, he had a son named Viktor Drago who succeeded him in his boxing career. But from the footage we’ve seen of the younger Drago in action, he’s nothing like his once-famous father. Drago destroyed the robot as well. Ludmilla Drago (left), Ivan Drago (center) and Nicolai Koloff (right) at the press conference. Gorbachev, knowing of Drago's power, released him into the streets of the United States after briefing Drago on his mission. 31 Much like Lang, Ivan fatigued severely, rendering him helpless as Rocky rallied several punches against Ivan, uppercutting him into a knockdown. Russian whatever he hits, he destroys. In 1985, undefeated amateur Russian world boxing champion, 24-year-old Ivan arrived in the United States along with Ludmilla Drago (Ivan's wife), Nicolai Koloff (Ivan's political adviser) and Sergei Igor Rimsky and Manuel Vega (Ivan's trainers). Ivan was born on November 3rd, 1961 in Moscow, Russia, there isn’tmuch information surrounding his childhood, but one would assume that hewas raised with discipline, due to growing up in such a rough environment.Ivan would eventually join the Soviet Army becoming an Infantry Captain, itwas during this time that a boxing trainer named Sergei Rimsky and a high ranking political adviser named Nicolai Koloff were scouting the soldiers in order to find a worthyathlete. Ivan So Viktor is carrying his own share of historical baggage, which adds even more to the stakes and tragedy of the bout. … He is then seen being injected with anabolic steroids, despite the earlier denial by the Soviets that he didn't use steroids. He stands 6’4” and actually lost weight for the role. The average psi for a heavyweight In the first round of the fight, Ivan had the upper-hand and came out firing! 32 He also met Serial mom whom the criminals used to fool Drago, but to no avail, and he, in disgust, killed her and the baby (which was a doll filled with blood that did not fool Drago at all). He’s obsessed with revenge and blames Balboa for everything bad that happened to him. Viktor Drago’s father is no stranger to Rocky fans. He was awarded the loss via knockout in the fifteenth and final round.