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