Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner

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1975-03-24 : Muhammad Ali 223½ lbs beat Chuck Wepner 225 lbs by TKO at 2:41 in round 15 of 15


Notes

  • Ali earned $1.6 million and Wepner made $100,000.
  • The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 150 locations.
  • There was a crowd of 14,847 at the Richfield Coliseum.
  • Ali was a 10 to 1 betting favorite.
  • Ali toyed with Wepner through the first eight rounds.
  • In the ninth round, Wepner stepped on Ali's foot and hit him with a right to the ribs, which knocked the champion flat on his back for an official knockdown.
  • After the knockdown, Ali started to fight with more purpose and dominated rounds ten through fifteen.
  • In the fifteenth round, Ali battered Wepner until the "Bayonne Bleeder" crumpled into the ropes. Wepner struggled to get up, and the referee stopped the fight.
  • Wepner's gutsy performance against Ali inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Oscar-winning film Rocky.

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