The film Creed was directed by Ryan Coogler, and was released November 19, 2015. This film starred Michael B. Jordan who played Adonis Johnson who grew up as a fatherless kid and never got the chance to meet his famous father because he died a day before Adonis was born. Adonis's father was boxing champion Apollo Creed, after knowing the past of his father, Adonis takes the initiative to leave his job and reach out to former/retired boxer, Rocky Balboa to be his trainer because he feels that boxing is in his blood, to continue in his father's foot steps. After Rocky Balboa meets Adonis he agrees to mentor him because he sees much of Apollo in him, and he knew he'd be a great boxer. After some time that they begin to train, Rocky receives a phone call from the handlers of world light heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan, who is due to retire by an impending prison term. He'd like to make "Creed" his last opponent, and after balking at first, Creed then agrees. While training Rocky discovers that he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he refuses any treatment remembering that it was not enough to save Adrian, his best friend who had ovarian cancer. Through it all they continued to train, and Adonis was able to match with Conlan who did end up winning after knocking Creed down, and on a split decision. But even after the fight Creed was rewarded with the respect of Conlan and the crowd, they believed that he'll be the future light heavyweight champion, and that although he didn't win, he won the night after seeing what he did in the match.