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Clubber Lang Clubber Lang (Mr.T) in scene from Rocky III
James "Clubber" Lang
Character information
Nickname(s) Clubber, The Southside Slugger
Gender Male
Born: May 21, 1952 (1952-05-21) (age 63) in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 230 pounds (104 kg)
Reach 77 inches (195.6 cm)


Portrayed by: Mr. T
Known Opponents: Rocky Balboa (won the boxer once, defeated on rematch)

- Clubber Lang in Rocky III

James "Clubber" Lang is the main antagonist in Rocky III. He was a boxer that was previously undefeated and the world's top challenger. He challenged Rocky Balboa to a boxing match and knocked out Rocky Balboa in the second round. However, during the rematch, Rocky knocked out Clubber in the third round and retook his title.


Clubber Lang 2

Clubber Lang and Rocky Balboa.

"You got your chance, now give me mine!"
- Clubber Lang in Rocky III

During Rocky III's intro, we see Rocky defeating numerous contenders in a montage. In this montage, Clubber is displayed as being annoyed at the relative ease with which Rocky wins the bouts. Later he is seen training himself and brutally thrashing other boxers until he becomes the number one contender, running up an awesome record of 56-0, all by KO. At the end of the montage, Clubber is shown yelling at Rocky's trainer Mickey, goading him to set up a fight between Rocky and himself, shouting "I want Balboa."[1] He was also watching the exhibition charity match between Balboa and Thunderlips.

Clubber crashes a ceremony in Philadelphia dedicating a statue to Rocky and challenges the champ. He is disrespectful to Rocky's wife, Adrian, prompting Rocky to lose his temper and accept the challenge, despite Mickey's protests. Before the fight, Mickey got a heart attack from one of Clubber's temper tantrums. Rocky lost the title on a second round knockout. Mickey later died as a result of the early heart attack. After Apollo trained Rocky for the rematch, Rocky defeated Clubber by a third round knockout by tricking Clubber into punching himself out. Which Clubber was greatly upset that he lost the match and he's never seen again. [1]

Little more is known about this character. Before Rocky´s first fight against him, he is introduced as being from Chicago, (his nickname is "The Southside Slugger"). But according to his bio in Rocky: The Ultimate Guide, James Lang was orphaned at an early age, and spent most of his childhood in the streets of Chicago, orphanages and juvenile facilities. Later as an adult, Clubber was placed in prison for five years for a low crime, but during his time being served he discovered boxing as a way to let out his frustrations, which leads to the events of Rocky III. The Internet Movie Database does not provide a name for his manager, though one novelization of the film called him "Donut."[1]

Boxing styleEdit

Clubber Lang, the hard-hitting brawler, has a character which is much like his boxing style: direct, aggressive and brutal. His fighting style and record show a similarity to a young George Foreman and perhaps (though he was still a few years away) even Mike Tyson. His quest for respect from Boxing and the media is similar to Larry Holmes . Also, he is mentioned by a reporter that he is a southpaw like Rocky[1] However, there is a weakness in this fighting style, as Lang was used to winning matches with one-punch KOs rather than combinations; Rocky used this to his advantage in the rematch.

Personality and TraitsEdit

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Clubber Lang was very belligerent and had a vicious mean streak. He argues several times in the movie and loves to crash parties and ruin people's celebrations, as he did when the citizens of Philadelphia put up a statue of Rocky Balboa. While his fighting style suggests he is supposed to be like George Foreman, his personality and quest for respect after a champion of grace like Apollo Creed and Rocky is similiar to how Larry Holmes delt with the press when he became champion after Muhammad Ali. He is shown to be a sore loser when he was defeated by Rocky, he was upset and crying.[1]


  • Clubber Lang is the only villainous role that Mr. T has ever played in his career.
  • Most of Mr. T's famous quotes have came from this character, such as "I pity the fool."
  • Mr. T. was reportedly considered for a cameo appearance in Rocky Balboa where he would have reprised his role as Clubber Lang. Now an older and wiser man, he was to have appeared as one of the ringside commentators.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rocky III

Rocky Balboa- Before the fight

Wins and LossesEdit


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