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About Chuck WEpner


Born Charles Wepner on the 26th February 1939 in Bayonne, New Jersey USA, he is a retired professional boxer, who fought in the heavyweight category, best known to the world for withstanding Muhammad Ali for 15 rounds, before losing the fight. His career was active from 1964 until 1978.

Chuck is of mixed heritage, as he traces roots from Ukraine, Belorussia, and Germany, because of his parent`s lines. Before Chuck started to pursue a boxing career, he worked as a club bouncer and security man. His professional career began in the 1960s, with a fight against George Cooper; Chuck won the match in the third round. He continued successfully, recording 4-0-2, before his first losses, to Bob Stallings and Buster Mathis. Chuck bounced back with victory over Jerry Tomasetti and lined-up four more victories, and won the vacant USA New Jersey State heavyweight title, defeating Don McAteer in 1967, which only increased his net worth.


Four years later he lost the title to Randy Neumann, but the following year in a rematch, Chuck won the title again, and in 1973 he won vacant National Americas heavyweight title, winning against Ernie Terrell. In 1975, he fought against Muhammad Ali for the WBC and WBA Heavyweight titles, but lost in fifteenth round of the fight. Three years later he retired.


During his career, Chuck compiled the record of 35-14-2. He defeated such boxers as Mike Bruce, Forest Ward, Mert Brownfield, Rudy Pavesi, Dave Centi, and many others.


After retirement, he dedicated himself to liquor producing and tasting; together with his wife Linda, he managed the Majestic Wines and Spirits in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

Also, he made several ring appearances, promoting young stars, and signing autographs. In 2012, a film was made about Chuck`s career, and he was also the subject of the documentary entitled ‘The Real Rocky’, made by ESPN.


Chuck is actually regarded as the real Rocky, as Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for the famous film franchise soon after seeing Chuck`s battle against Ali.




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