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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.
Have you ever wondered how rich Chuck Wepner is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Wepner`s net worth is as high as $400,000, an amount he acquired largely through his career as a boxer.
Chuck Wepner Net Worth $400,000
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. After that, his career began to decline, and three years later he retired, after losing the fight against Scott Frank, in which he also lost the USA New Jersey State Heavyweight title.
During his career, Chuck compiled the record of 35-14-2, and the victories have largely increased his net worth. 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. The whole thing ended up in court, and Stallone was obliged to pay Chuck a certain amount, and although it was never revealed just how much, it certainly added a lot to his net worth.
Regarding his personal life, Chuck has married three times, and is twice divorced. His third wife`s name is Linda (m.1994), however, there are no other details about their, or his previous marriages in the media.
Charles "Chuck" Wepner information
Charles "Chuck" Wepner information
|Birth date:||February 26, 1939|
|Birth place:||Bayonne, New Jersey, United States|
|Height:||6' 5" (1.96 m)|
|Awards:||WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles (1975), USA New Jersey State Heavyweight title (1974 (1974), 1973, 1972, 1967), National Americas heavyweight title (1973), WBA NABA heavyweight title|
|Movies:||"American Brawler", "The Bleeder" (2015)|
More about Charles "Chuck" Wepner:
|The Garden's Defining Moments||2015-2016||TV Mini-Series|
|The Gig||1985||The driver|
|The Real Rocky||2011||TV Movie archive source|
|Cavuto on Business||2012||TV Series||Himself|
|Ali 70 from Las Vegas||2012||TV Movie||Himself|
|The Real Rocky||2011||TV Movie||Himself|
|The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2001-2004||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|The Tim McCarver Show||2003||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|WrestleMania XV||1999||TV Special||Himself|
|Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion||1995||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|World Wrestling Federation||1976||TV Series||Himself|
|World Heavyweight Championship: Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner||1975||Himself|
|ABC's Wide World of Sports||1975||TV Series||Himself|
|The Mike Douglas Show||1975||TV Series||Himself - Pro Boxer|
|Biography||2011||TV Series documentary||Himself|
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|1||1996 Cauliflower Alley Club Reel Member Inductee.|
|2||Friend of Bert Randolph Sugar.|
|3||Scored upset wins over Forrest Ward, Manuel Ramos and Ernie Terrell to earn a top 10 heavyweight ranking.|
|4||Defeated Randy Neuman for the New Jersey heavyweight title and Ernie Terrell for the United States heavyweight title.|
|5||Fought heavyweight champions Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Ernie Terrell and Muhammad Ali.|
|6||Wepner, a professional boxer, gained a following in the Bayonne, New Jersey, area, after never having been knocked down in more than 130 fights. Boxing promoter Don King heard about him and set up a championship match in 1975 between Wepner and champ Muhammad Ali, figuring Wepner would be not much more than a sparring partner for Ali, who would knock him out after a few rounds. To everyone's surprise, Wepner not only made it into the 15th round but actually floored Ali with one punch in the ninth round. Ali came back, however, and TKO'd Wepner at 2:41 of the 15th round, thus ending Wepner's no-knockdown string. As Wepner got up, stumbling against the ropes, the referee stopped the fight, giving Ali the TKO. Actor Sylvester Stallone saw the fight and was so impressed with Wepner that he began to write a script about it, which eventually became "Rocky".|
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