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MUHAMMAD ALI vs. CHUCK
WEPNER, tko 15
March 24, 1975/Cleveland,
"This sucker is a cinch," said Ali, looking ahead
to his first defense since regaining the title from George
Foreman in Zaire. But the plodding New Jersey nightclub
bouncer known as "The Bayonne Bleeder" scored a
disputed knockdown in the fourth round,
survived 19 seconds short of the distance and became
Sylvester Stallone's inspiration for
Rocky, which was released
about 18 months
Text by Evan Kanew Photograph by Tony Tomsic Illustration by Jeff Wong