Years after Adonis Creed made a name for himself under Rocky Balboas mentorship the young boxer becomes the Heavyweight Champion of the World. While life is good with that victory and his marriage to Bianca trouble comes to Philadelphia when Ivan Drago the Russian boxer who killed Adonis father Apollo arrives with his son Viktor to challenge Adonis. Against Rockys advice Adonis accepts the challenge without his mentors participation and pays the price in a punishing bout he wins only by a technicality. Now injured and demoralized Adonis cannot bring himself to back into the game leaving his spirit and title in jeopardy. Together Adonis family and Rocky must find a way to rekindle Adonis fighting spirit to face the future in whatever choice he makes. Meanwhile the Drago family have its own troubles trying to regain the respect in their homeland that they lost at Rockys hands as they wonder whether is it truly worth it.
The Fighter is a drama about boxer Irish Micky Wards unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky like rise was shepherded by half brother Dicky a boxer turned trainer on the verge of being KOd by drugs and crime.
In the 1930s Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach Larry Snyder the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Upon resolving that issue Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of Americas Olympians even as the German film director Leni Riefenstahl locks horns with her countrys Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity.
Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV 1985. Adonis wasnt born until after his fathers death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rockys help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen....