Former A-TEAM star Mr T is preparing to pummel his old friend Sylvester Stallone in upcoming movie ROCKY VI - 23 years after the pair first took to the ring in 1982 blockbuster ROCKY III.

The 53-year-old actor, who returns as CLUBBER LANG, can't wait for the rematch despite his ongoing battle against T-cell lymphoma cancer.

He says, "I'm up for anything. We start filming next year. I've been training a bit so I'll be in shape to take Sly on.

"I still go to the hospital to keep (my cancer) under control. There's no cure but I'm doing well.

"When I got cancer I found out who my real friends were. Hollywood turned its back on me but Sylvester remained a great buddy."