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Bullied Kid Becomes Sylvester Stallone Endorsed Rocky Impersonator

“People would deal with me similarly to how they dealt with Rocky, and that was my initial reason why I loved this character.”

Rocky Balboa is a fictional boxer created and played by Sylvester Stallone in the long-running “Rocky” franchise. The character has inspired many to pursue their dreams, but none have followed in the Italian Stallion’s footsteps quite like Mike Kunda.

Kunda has always emulated his heroes. Ever since he was a little boy, he has been enamored with the character of Rocky Balboa. He was only eight years old when Rocky was released in 1976 and already dealing with bullies at school.

He said:

“I was coming home with bruises from the bullies. The way I handled it? I would wear a Superman costume underneath my school clothes thinking it would give me superpowers. But that only made the situation worse as the bullies noticed my cape and tore it.”

Kunda shared that even though his family had always been supportive, he just couldn’t find it in his heart to believe in himself. But when his dad showed him Rocky, that’s when things began to change for him.

After graduating from high school, Kunda took several jobs. Although he did continue to dress as Rocky and still watch the movie nonstop, his chance of becoming the character is getting bleak.

Just when he was about to lose hope, the owners of The Victor Cafe in Philadelphia, a.k.a. Adrian’s restaurant invited Kunda to Stallone’s 60th birthday celebration. This was the first time Kunda and Stallone met. The pair quickly bonded.

Mike Kunda eventually became a professional Rocky impersonator for hire after winning a look-alike contest in 2006. He then wrote a memoir published in 2010 called “Cue the Rocky Music,” and Sylvester Stallone even promoted it.

Kunda shared:

“Rocky also taught me about perseverance. He just wanted a shot, he knew he could do something, but he was never given a shot.

We want to fail on our own terms. We just want an opportunity, to know what we are worth.”

Sylvester Stallone officially endorsed Kunda’s tour and changed once bullied kid’s life once again.

A documentary film called “The Pretender” was recently made about Mike Kunda.

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Teen Saves 14 People From Burning Building With Crane In 30 Minutes

“At that time, I only wanted to save people. I didn’t think of anything else.”

A teenage boy is being hailed as a hero after rushing to the rescue when an apartment building caught fire. Reports revealed that the fire started from the first floor of a grocery store. Residents had a hard time fleeing from the apartment because of the heavy smoke.

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High School Students Surprise Blind Classmate With Special Braille Yearbook

They spent 1,500 hours working on the special yearbook!

Getting a yearbook is one of the best high school traditions that teenagers can enjoy. However, one student has never been able to do so because he is blind. Luckily, his own classmates found a way to make sure things will change this time as they spent thousands of hours creating a special braille yearbook for the high school senior!

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