Chuck Wepner

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Charles Chuck Wepner is the famous American boxer also famous as  “The Bayonne Bleeder”. Chuck Wepner has successfully defeated the famous heavyweight champions and has set a name in the history of American Boxing.

Early Life 

Chuck was born on February 26, 1939, and grew up within the violent streets of Bayonne, New Jersey. He is 83 years old. People always learn to sustain their life despite the harsh situation they may face. Besides, Bayonne indeed was a tough town to survive and cope with hence, he learned boxing to defeat the mobs and other violent criminals.

Chuck was one of the two sons of Charles William Wepnor and Dolores Wepnor and he has a brother named as Don. He is a descendent of mixed German, Ukrainian, and Belarus. He moved to his nanny’s house with his Mom in Boulevard when he was about a year old and lived there until he was 13.

Further, He returned to Bayonne where he slightly initiated his fighting. He was interested in various sports earlier in his childhood. He was fond of basketball but the environment around Bayonne made him go for fighting and boxing.

Education

Chuck went to Bayonne High school where he also played basketball as he was keenly interested in sports at an early age. Whereas there are no such records to say where exactly Chuck went for his graduation or whether he has completed his. We will soon be updating if we get any of the information relating to this particular topic. He also played for Police Athletic Club.

Career

Chuck chose to join US Marine boxing team where he allocated and safeguarded his position as a fighter who can withstand the punches and later became a military champion. He also saved three military soldiers from blazing airplanes. 

He inaugurated his professional career in boxing in 1964 and gradually gained fame and reputation in Northeast Boxing Circuit. Likewise, He had boxing experience while he was on the US Marine team and previously worked as Bouncer in clubs, so it was a piece of cake for him to win the games and grab the heavyweight championship. 

He had fought with famous boxers like Muhammad Ali. He was working as a liquor salesman at that time and had to practice fighting with the worldwide champion boxer. The match was held at Richfield Coliseum in Ohio. The match was worth the watch. Wepner did not win the match but his performance was extraordinary.

He was confident enough that he was going to win the match as per his interview. He also said that if he has been able to survive the marines then he could survive any of the challenges or big fighters of this world. 

Throughout his boxing career, he taught famous boxers and wrestlers. A movie called “Rocky” was produced based on the fight between Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali.

He had his last match on May 02, 1978, for the state heavyweight championship of New Jersey against the newly rising boxer Scott Frank. Unfortunately, he lost that match too. He then retired from boxing after the match. Throughout his career, he has played 51 matches where he won 35 of the games.

Chuck Wepner

Caption: Chuck Wepnor during the game Source: HowTheyPlay

Achievements 

Talking about the awards and titles won by chuck he was popularly known and titled as “The Bayonne Bleeder” and “The Real Rocky”. Chuck Wepner won the title of USA New Jersey State Heavyweight Championship on April 28, 1967, for the first time qualifying the famous boxer Don McAteer. 

Net Worth 

Chuck has been earning from his boxing career and now he along with his wife works as a liquor salesman. His current net worth is estimated at around $500K.

Relationship Status

Chuck has been married three times. He was married to Lorma Wepner for the first time and had two kids with her Charlene and Chuck Jr. He then married Phyllis Wepner and had a daughter named Kimberly.

According to many sources, the failure of his second marriage was due to incompetence and breach of trust among the couple. 

He, later on, had his third marriage and his current wife Linda Wepner in 1995. The couple now lives in his hometown Bayonne. 

Chuck Wepnor

Caption: Chuck Wepnor with his wife Linda Source: Getty Images

Rumors and Scandals

Chuck was found to be drugged with three ounces of cocaine during the fight with the famous boxer Muhammad Ali due to which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and probation of 12 months. After his retirement, Chuck was abused getting into drugs. He was offered for sequel movie “Rocky II” where he was not selected due to his drug problems.

Chuck Wepner – Body Measurements 

Chuck has got a massive body and physique of 101kg weight and height of 6 feet 5 inches. He has dark brown eyes and blonde hair.

Chuck Wepner – Social Media

He is not available on any social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.