Buddy Shaw (born 1952) is an American former professional boxer who competed from the 1960s until an unknown time. He competed in the Heavyweight Division and was nicknamed "The Dancing Assassin". He was a playable character in Rocky (video game) & Rocky: Legends.

Shaw fought Rocky Balboa and was ranked as high as 5th in the heavyweight division. In 1975 (Rocky), when Mac Lee Green was forced to drop out of a scheduled fight against Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed due to a hand injury, Apollo suggested Shaw as an alternative but was told that Shaw had moved to California and gained 50 pounds.

Professional Career

Buddy Shaw (born 1952) was born and raised in Catskill Mountains, New York. He fought in the Heavyweight Division for many years but was never able to capture the Heavyweight Championship. He came close to receiving a shot at the title when Mac Lee Green dropped out of his scheduled heavyweight title bout with Apollo Creed due to a hand injury, but by this point of his career Shaw was on the edge of retirement and had gained a large amount of weight.

During his prime, Shaw was described as a lean, mean, fighting machine. He had an exceptional reach and a stinging jab, making him a tough target to hit. He also loved to frustrate his opponents. Shaw had great hand speed and could blind his opponents with lightning-quick flurries.[1]


  • His appearance heavily resembles that of American comedian Chris Rock