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Both Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone belong in the top 50 actors of all-time, and when it comes to throwing vicious right hooks, I wouldn’t leave the duo out of my top 10.

The plot of “Grudge Match,” which debuts for the general public on Christmas Day, pits two aging boxers—with a history of controversy and conflict between them—head-to-head for the final time.

De Niro (Billy “The Kid” McDonnen) has beef with Stallone (Henry “Razor” Sharp) because the latter retired before a title bout—and the fallout ruined the careers of both boxers.

Thirty years since the bad blood began, one final boxing match has been scheduled to determine which of the pair should reign supreme.

Courtesy of Warner Brothers, Buffalo.com is giving away 14 pairs of advanced screening tickets to the 7 p.m. show on Dec. 17 at Regal Transit Center Stadium 18, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville.

The contest will run until 4 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 13.) Winners will be notified by the email address provided in their Buffalo.com profile and given instructions to pick up their screening tickets.

Enter the contest by responding to the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

**Who do you think will emerge victorious in the fight between De Niro and Stallone? Why do you think he’ll win?

(It should go without saying, but if you somehow already know the result for certain, please do not spoil it for everyone else)

In a film that runs just under two hours, “Grudge Match” focuses on the hype preceding the fight as well as the training of two beaten and battered boxers—who also desperately want to beat their loathed rival—before the anticipated spectacle in the ring.

Kevin Hart adds substantial comic relief, while Kim Basinger (“8 Mile,” “L.A. Confidential” and the 1989 “Batman”) also plays a supporting role.

To help with your answer, here are the major movies in which each has starred:

De Niro’s credentials: “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver,” and he even played the role of a boxer in 1980’s “Raging Bull.”

Stallone’s credentials: The “Rocky” movies—the classic epitome of a boxing role, “Rambo,” “Demolition Man,” “The Expendables” and “Rocky Balboa.”

If I had to wager a guess, I’d take Stallone—De Niro lost a great deal of street cred from his appearances in “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.” He’s gone soft.

TAGGED: contests, grudge match, movies, robert de niro, sylvester stallone, warner brothers

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  1. Sean McDonnell December 13, 2013 @ 12:03pm

    I’d give a slight advantage to Stallone, but at this point of their careers, neither could take down Dolph Lundgren.

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  2. Bob Coniglio December 13, 2013 @ 12:54pm

    Stallone & De Niro on-screen together?  As corny as the plot is, we’re all winners on this one. If I have to pick an actual winner, based on how they look, double-knock-out due to exhaustion.

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  3. eric h December 14, 2013 @ 1:20am

    Stallone wins via KO after a distraction from Apollo Creed.

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  4. Ben Tsujimoto December 14, 2013 @ 10:26am

    Reminder from our Twitter update: The contest for ‘Grudge Match’ tickets has been extended through 5 p.m. Saturday.

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  5. Raymond Harenza December 15, 2013 @ 7:21pm

    Stallone will always be my pick to win

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