No stranger to the squared circle, Robert De Niro won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the biopic Raging Bull (1980) and starred in the sports comedy Grudge Match (2013) with Sylvester Stallone as aging boxing rivals coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout. De Niro now portrays legendary trainer Ray Arcel in the film Hands of Stone—a biopic of former welterweight boxing champion Roberto Duran—which debuted in theaters on Aug. 26, 2016.
As the film Hands of Stone—a biopic of former welterweight boxing champion Roberto Duran—debuts in theaters on Aug. 26, 2016, here is a look at every Sports Illustrated cover featuring the fighter nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone").
Actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist Robert Redford is also an avid sports fan. Redford played the role of a U.S. Olympic skier in Downhill Racer (1969), a ballplayer in The Natural (1984)—regarded as one of the most iconic sports movies of all time—and directed The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) about a down-and-out golfer who attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. In celebration of the Hollywood legend's 80th birthday on Aug. 18, 2016, here's a look at Robert Redford in the world of sports.
This past weekend on Saturday July 26th super lightweight Mikey Garcia went head to head with Adrien Broner at the Showtime Championship Boxing Match. Sports Illustrated contributing photographer Erick W. Rasco covered the action from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Photographers Will Baker and Bryan Winter were ringside at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., to catch a glimpse of the sixth annual New York Boxing Tournament. The event is open to all amateur boxers, in divisions including Juniors, Novices, Open, Elite, Female and Masters. Winners from the tournament's Metro Elite division advance to the Olympic Trials Qualifier II held from Sept. 5 to 12 in Philadelphia for men, and in Baltimore from Sept. 6 to 11 for women.
An American icon is marking his 40th anniversary. On Nov. 21, 1976, movie audiences met South Philly boxer Rocky Balboa. Four decades later, the lovable loser turned heavyweight champion still resonates with fans. His underdog story against the gritty backdrop of a blue-collar city is one of the most celebrated in American film. ''Rocky'' was made on a budget of only $1 million, but it went on to make more than $225 million worldwide. The film also won three Oscars, including best picture, and made a megastar out of Sylvester Stallone, who wrote it.