Taking a break from sweeping awards season Sylvester Stallone Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Creed posts throwback behind-the-scenes Rocky photos. Stallone, who will not retire his Rocky role anytime soon, hinting at where he's headed after Creed shared the rare, explosive photos on Instagram.

The over 20 black-and-white photos pack a punch, getting fans up close and personal with the 1976 Apollo Creed fight. Appearing alongside Carl Weathers and a camera crew in the ring Stallone recaps the fight blow-for-blow. The action shots show the fight as it progresses including when Apollo's ribs are broken and when Rocky's eye is cut open. He ended the string of flashbacks by captioning a photo of himself as Rocky: "Thank you all for making this "long shot's" dream come through... Keep Punching!" 

Look at some of the photos below and the rest on Stallone's Instagram.

 

Again nostalgia time. I really like looking back at this moment in time…

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:48am PST

 

Flashback! Rocky versus Apollo Creed! 1976… One of my favorite photos.

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:32pm PST

 

FLASHBACH 1976. Comeback!

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 4, 2016 at 5:07am PST

 

FLASHBACK. Apollo's ribs are broken!

A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Feb 4, 2016 at 5:45am PST