Chuck Wepner talks about his boxing career

Saturday, Aug. 13th at 7:00 P.M.

Former heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, whose heavyweight title fight with Muhammad Aliwas the inspiration for the movie Rocky, will talk about his boxing career in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Wepner will speak at 7PM in Jarvis Hall, 4505 N. Ocean Drive. Jarvis Hall is next to Town Hall, which is on State Road A1A a half-mile north of Commercial Boulevard. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Wepner's life is the subject of The Bleeder, a new movie being released later this year starring Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts.

Wepner went 15 rounds with Ali in 1975. He knocked down Ali in the ninth round, although photos later supported Ali's claim that Wepner had tripped him by stepping on his foot. In the remaining rounds, Ali outboxed Wepner, opening up cuts above Wepner's eyes and breaking his nose. Ali knocked Wepner down in the 15th round, a technical knockout.

The movie Rocky was released in 1976. Wepner settled a 2003 lawsuit with Sylvester Stallone, saying his fight against Ali was the inspiration for the movie.

ESPN's 2011 documentary on Wepner was titled The Real Rocky.

Nicknamed The Bayonne Bleeder, Wepner remains forever grateful for the chance Ali gave him for a shot at the title.

Ali died in June. Wepner attended the funeral.

"Never does a day go by in my life where somebody doesn’t mention something pertaining to Ali and that fight," Wepner said in an interview earlier this year. "He had a tremendously positive impact on my life. He gave me a shot at the title. Then Stallone made the movie, Rocky. Then there were two ESPN specials, and now the movie’s coming. It’s all because of Muhammad Ali."

For more information, please call 954-640-4209.