Episode 18: Chuck Wepner

Chuck Wepner is the subject of today's episode of the Characters of Boxing (And Beyond) podcast. Wepner was a bruising heavyweight throughout the 1960s and 1970s representing the working class city of Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. He would acquire the nickname, "The Bayonne Bleeder" after suffering stoppage losses to George Foreman and Sonny Liston.


Wepner will perhaps best be remembered for going nearly all 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali in 1975. He scored a controversial knock down in the ninth round of that historic bout with Ali. It is also widely reported that Sylvester Stallone wrote the movie Rocky based on Wepner's fight against Ali. 


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