Rocky and Apollo make it into round 15 still standing, although Rocky is getting the worst of it, having switched from southpaw punching to right-handed punches, and Creed has managed to break Rocky's nose again. Apollo's trainer advises him to just stay away from Rocky in the last round, because he can win the fight based on points, but Apollo disregards the advice as he wants a knockout. Mickey (Burgess Meredith) wants to stop the fight to keep Rocky from being killed, but Rocky refuses. Mickey advises him to start using his left hand, but Rocky says that ahe isn't going to rely on tricks. This is going to be a straight out fight to the finish. As round 15 begins and Rocky starts using his left hand again, Creed begins to take the brunt of Rocky's hammering. Suddenly, Rocky manages to land a devastating left blow to Creed's head, sending Creed tumbling to the floor. Out of sheer exhaustion, Rocky goes down, too. As the referee begins the count, both Creed and Rocky attempt to pull themselves up by the ropes, but Creed falls back, leaving Rocky standing as the referee reaches 10. Rocky is named the new heavyweight champion of the world. As he gets his strength back, he thanks Apollo Creed for the match, he thanks Mickey for his training, and he thanks God. In the final scene, he lifts the champion belt over his head and calls out to Adrian, who's watching the match at home, 'Yo, Adrian, I did it!'