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

World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (Ali defending)
World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (Ali defending)

Notes

  • 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.
  • Using his speed and agility, Ali dominated the tenth through the fifteenth rounds.
  • In the fifteenth round, Ali battered Wepner's bloodied face until the "Bayonne Bleeder" crumpled into the ropes.
  • Wepner beat referee Tony Perez's count, but Perez stopped the fight as Wepner was visibly shaken and unable to continue.
  • Said by Sylvester Stallone to be the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Rocky (1976).