Drago is a supersoldier created by Soviet scientists, by hormones, anabolics, steroids and other substances.
Drago is an Olympic gold medalist and an amateur boxing champion from the Soviet Union, who had an amateur record of 100-0-0 Wins (100 KO). He is billed at 261 pounds (118 kg, over 18 ½ stone). He wields a punch with which has been measured between 1850-2150psi, whereas the average psi for a boxer is 700psi. He is also a Captain in the Red Army and as seen on his chest, is a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. Drago is carefully fitted and trained to be the consummate fighter. His heart rate and punching power are constantly measured via computers during his workouts.
Ivan Drago was born on February 23, 1956, his father was a hero of World War II, the son in turn of a prominent participant in the Communist Revolution of 1917. His mother was a staunch advocate of communism and popular school teacher. At 17 and after finishing high school, he enlisted under the protection of his father in the Red Army, getting the job of lieutenant with only 20 years. At 22 amounts to Captain and enter the School of Special Operations Spetznatz and there begins to take more direct contact with boxing (among other forms of struggle that practice), and particular attention is remarkable for its technical and their measures 1.95 m in height and about 110 kg.
Between 1979 and 1980 joins Olympic boxing team of the USSR, where he won the gold medal in the final by defeating Hungarian Ambrastac Cesc. At the end of that year, stands as a world amateur champion, facing the Angolan Henrique Barbosero.
Regarded as a hero of the Soviet Union, he was promoted to Commander and the communist authorities saw him as a media bonanza since it is a great example for youth, and joined that is unrivaled in the world of amateur boxing, it was decided that given the great leap into the world of professional boxing, until then dominated by U.S. fighters, which also was thought that a victory in the sport, would be a victory over capitalism.
Therefore Ivan Drago, travels to Cuba to perfect the technique, and learn more about professional boxing, much more violent than the amateur or Olympic. There he begins to train under the direction of maestro Manuel Vega, Cuban boxing flagship of the previous decades and co-revolution of Fidel Castro.
After this training, the technical team Drago, along with Manuel Vega moved to Moscow to Ivan to become part of the program Gagarin (named after first Russian cosmonaut and training system before space travel) where a Spartan training exhaustive and, together with the application of performance improvement hormones, muscle mass achieved which makes it almost reach 125 kg, getting stuck levels of over 300 kg of pressure (equivalent to a blow produced by a small car at a speed of 90km / h).
In 1984 he married Ludmilla Vobet swimmer and renamed Drago Ludmilla Vobet. This is also a leading member of the Communist Party and acts as the manager of her husband along with the delegate's sports ministry, he also keeps a relationship on the back of Ivan Drago (in the film can be seen that before the battle between Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago share a cigarette as well as some looks.
In 1985, Soviet authorities consider that Ivan is ready to make the leap to international boxing circuit. With organizing a tour of combat for various U.S. cities scheduled to have three fights, one an exhibition against boxer portoriqueño Amelio Silva, the next against former champion Clubber Lang, to compete for being the applicant (Clubber Lang sought a third bout, this time as revenge for him to finally decide the championship) and finally challenge the champ Rocky Balboa for the world heavyweight title. But Apollo's intentions of wanting to fight with Ivan Drago, did change the schedule, replacing Amelio Silva Apollo Creed, taking advantage of Apollo was known and would be more humiliating defeat than a semidesconocido Amelio Silva.
The September 15, 1985 face in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) vs. Apollo Creed. Ivan Drago (with yellow pants with red background), in a battle that the press calls it "The veteran against youth," referring to the participants. Fighting aims to be by Apollo Creed a cakewalk and it makes your arrival to the ring is a real spectacle of lights, smoke and sound with a song by James Brown. The fight begins quiet, Apollo begins to dance (typical of him in a fight) and download small lefts and mocking and urging him to fight Drago. While these blows had no effect on the Russian Drago could not achieve the rapid movements of Apollo. After about a minute of combat in these conditions, after a cry of rage coach Ivan, Russian Apollo begins to beat her terribly, and look after the Rocky horror, ended the first assault with a cast Apollo dust and almost unconscious . Rocky tells Apollo that would end the battle, but he made her promise not to haria.El second fight is like the first, Creed begins to dance until Drago lunges terribly against him. The fight is settled with the victory of Ivan Drago on Apollo Creed, with the passing of this due to the brutal blows of the Russian champions and the story of the words of Ivan Drago to end the contest "If I die, I dies" (If you die, you die) which never knew its precise meaning, although it is believed that these words carried a hidden message.
The next week, and because of the tragedy of Las Vegas, the rest of the program of fighting Ivan Drago is canceled because of threats he had received the Soviet delegation, making imminent return to the USSR, but with the exception of negotiate and give the press conference Combat vs Rocky Balboa. Ivan Drago, but that the Soviets accepted only if carried out in Russia and what Rocky accepts despite recommendations against Duke coach, that the American Federation of Boxing will not recognize the combat which also the no title is at stake and the firm opposition of his wife Adrian. The bout is scheduled for December 25, 1985 at 21:00 local (20:00 GMT).
The Russian delegation returned to Moscow, and aware of the difficulty Balboa knocking out (but impossible) starts the Gagarin II, a more technically advanced that involves injecting hormones more efficient performance than previous exercises along with psychological Drago to give mental strength and confidence to believe they are invincible.
On 25 December with a full house at the Criterium in Moscow and attended by the entire Politburo starts the fight, which begins giving him winning Balboa Ivan Drago in the first assault such a beating that few are explained as he continued. In the second assault was beating Drago Rocky, but this gives a ferocious right hand that cuts his left eye. At that time Rocky begins to give Drago terrible blows, causing concern in the Politburo, who could not believe that Rocky is so strong. After this assault Drago realizes that rival Balboa is more than I thought. The fight ends with Drago's defeat in the 15 th assault by ko limited to 18 seconds left in the bout, he would have earned the points by 100-97, 100-97, 100-96 in the opinion of the three judges (a Czech, an Angolan and a Mongolian, all related to the communist regime) .
After the match Drago is sent to the Black Sea dacha with his wife to recover from the wounds waiting for a destination, since it rejoined the army under compulsion.