Chuck Wepner vs. Buster Mathis

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1966-01-07 : Chuck Wepner 217 lbs lost to Buster Mathis 267½ lbs by TKO at 1:58 in round 3 of 6

  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Al Lind

"Buster Mathis, Grand Rapids heavyweight hopeful won his sixth straight professional fight Friday night, taking a TKO from Chuck Wepner of Bayonne, N.J. Mathis, 267 1/2, stopped Wepner, 217, in the 3rd round of the scheduled six round preliminary bout. Mathis floored Wepner for an eight-count in the opening round and opened a cut over his opponent's right eye later in the session. Wepner was unable to recover from the 1st round pounding and the fight was stopped by referee Al Linn at 1:58 of the 3rd round. The win kept Mathis undefeated as a pro and gave him his 3rd KO win. Wepner, who had never been knocked down before, took his second loss in eight fights." -United Press International

  • The main event on this card was Johnny Persol against Harold Johnson.