People: May 11, 1981

In this corner, with the Mohican-style hairdo and the beard, is the challenger, Clubber Lang, played by Lawrence ("Mr. T.") Tero. In the other corner, with the ruddy cheeks and the winning smile, is the champ. Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone. The two slug it out in Stallone's new film, Rocky III, due in June 1982. During the fight scenes the pair sparred actively, pulling their punches when they could, but occasionally connecting hard. Mr. T. packs quite a wallop—he is a former bodyguard for such pugilists as Muhammad Ali and Leon...

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