We didn't get Sage Northcutt, but Stitch Duran says Ivan Drago's son is real deal in 'Creed II'

If you’re under the impression that Stitch Duran is everywhere, it’s because, well, he kind of is.

This past Thursday, Duran was spotted at PFL 1. The week before that, the veteran cutman was at the much-talked-about Bare Knuckle FC 1 event in Cheyenne, Wyo. And we’re sure we’re going to see plenty of him in the meantime, but in November we’ll get to see “Stitch” on the big screen again, as he reprises his role as himself in “Creed II.”

Like in the first “Creed” movie, which in turn is a sequel to the “Rocky” franchise, Duran also helped with some consulting to make the film as authentic, boxing-wise, as possible. If his enthusiasm is any indication, we should expect some cool results.

“What an experience, man,” Duran told MMAjunkie Radio, where he’s a frequent guest host. “The storyline is tremendous. The fight scenes are – I’m still exhausted, and I wasn’t even fighting.”

The movie comes hits theaters on Nov. 21, and it features the same main characters as its predecessor: Sylvester Stallone returns, of course, as Rocky Balboa; Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed; and Tessa Thompson reprises her role as Bianca. Former pro boxer Andre Ward, who Duran said got him aboard the first movie, also returns, as Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler.

But it’s a new addition who captured Duran’s attention. While we won’t get to see UFC star Sage Norhtcutt playing Ivan Drago’s son, despite his campaign, it seems we won’t be disappointed by the man who got the job: Romanian-German actor Florian Munteanu.

“God, he did a tremendous, tremendous job,” Duran said. “And I’m telling Michael B. Jordan, I can see him being the new super hero in future movies and Michael agree. This kid has a great future. He was an amateur boxer with like 70 fights, never acted, but did a tremendous job.”

Here’s a look (via Instagram):

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Other than yet another big screen shot, Duran is preparing for another interesting occasion: the return of a former world champ and Olympic boxer Beibut Shumenov. Shumenov had retired this past year due to an eye injury, but he recently announced his return is now set and he meets Hizni Altunkaya on July 7 in Kazakhstan.

“It’s the 20th anniversary of the country capital, but it’s also the birthday of the president,” Duran said. “So they’re going to have a whole week of celebration. and the finale will be, obviously, the fight with Beibut Shumenov and (Altunkaya).”

Considering the possibility of multiple world leaders, Duran finds that one hard to pass up – even if it means missing a special occasion.

“That’s my wife’s birthday, but when I showed her the figures,” he said. “‘I’ll see you when you come back.’ So that’s an experience. To go up there and to do a show for the president, that’s pretty awesome.”

To hear from Duran, check out the video above.

And for more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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