Sylvester Stallone has a new fighting favourite he plans to get toe-to-toe with in ROCKY VI - heavyweight ANTONIO TARNER.

After reports Stallone was courting ROY JONES JR for the role of MASON DIXON in new movie ROCKY BALBOA, ComingSoon.net and BoxingNews.com claim Tarver is in final talks to wear the gloves of Dixon in the sequel.

Tarver has worked with Stallone before - the boxer appeared in the movie star's reality TV show The Contender.