There's no shortcut home.
Apollo Creed died in the last fight. Balboa comes off the bench to defend his honor. He's been running through snow, climbing mountains, living in a barn in Siberia. He's ready, and not even the Soviets' technological superiority in genetics and workout equipment (or, in this case, handing out cars) can stop him.
Comments below. You know the rules. It's time to slay Drago.