NJ Boxing HOF

CHUCK WEPNER

Inducted on October 29, 1982

Another of the proud assets of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, is HONOREE CHUCK WEPNER, former 
contender for the World's Heavyweight Boxing Championship. His induction, long overdue, continues to 
propel prestige to the cfinest of all Halls of Fame throughout our great nation.

Chuck's record is an enviable one, both as an amateur: 81 bouts, 0 loses; (he was New York Golden 
Gloves and AAU boxing champion). And during 10 years in professionalism, 41 victories.

Though his goal of world's titlist fell fractions below accomplishment, one can attribute Chuck's 
prowess to the 'hard earned' efforts of four heavyweight champions; his opponents: Sonny Liston, 
George Forman, Ernie Terrell and also Muhammad Ali . . .

In 1970 Wepner defeated Ernie Terrell for the North American championship. This excellence lasted 
five years. As heavyweight champion of New Jersey his qualifications mastered this division for 16 
years. It was these remarkable and commendable records which influenced promoter
Don King to solicit a Chuck Wepner versus Muhammad Ali bout.

Many boxing critics deplored King's attempt. Wepner, they said, wouldn't stand a chance. "It'll be 
murder." "Ali will cut him to bits." "The Bayonne bleeder winning? No way." Such controversial 
decisions were cast. Many an ego deflated... many, but not ALL.

At the Greater Paterson Sportsman Dinner, a very eloquent speaker, WBA Commissioner Abe J. Greene 
stepped to the podium and said: "Yes, our Chuck Wepner isn't given a chance against Ali tomorrow 
night. But permit me to tell you about Chuck. I have been watching him through the ranks. At the 
start of that 15th round he may be bleeding but Bayonne's best will still be there."

How perfect an evaluation of a real champion. Then on March 24 before a TV audience of many 
millions, the description of Commissioner Greene, "Our Chuck Wepner will still be there," became a 
reality.

Wepner's long left, deeply set in the plans of his opponent, kept Ali baffled. Time and again Ali 
appeared amateurish while Wepner stalked him. It was a night Ali would always remember. Chuck stood 
toe to toe throwing combinations to the head and body. Ali displayed a bewildered expression during 
intervals of the bout. Suddenly Chuck delivered a hard right to the body. Ali hit the canvas. The 
hungry crowd roared for the finish. . . Wepner was very close to another title.

Yes, Commissioner, our Chuck was there! How enthused we are having him enshrined alongside you and 
our many ring greats. A champion among champions. . . Larkin; Galento; Cochrane; Lamorte; Lesnevich; 
Walker; Cavaliere; Williams; Braddock and Walcott.

It is with much enthusiasm and great respect to name Chuck Wepner. . . Honoree, New Jersey Boxing 
Hall of Fame.

MARIO J. CENTI,
President.



Chuck Wepner

Alias      Bayonne Bleeder
Country    US American
Hometown   Bayonne, NJ
Birthplace New York City, NY
Division   Heavyweight
Born       1939-02-26 
Manager    Al Bravermann


Career Record   www.boxrec.com

Date       Opponent                  Location                  Result      
1964-08-05 George Cooper             Bayonne, NJ, USA          W KO   3 
1964-08-14 Rudy Pavesi               New York, NY, USA         W PTS  4 
1964-10-27 Everett Copeland          Long Island City, NY, USA D PTS  6 
1964-12-18 Jerry Tomasetti           New York, NY, USA         W PTS  4 
1965-01-19 Ray Patterson             Long Island City, NY, USA W SD   6 
1965-03-23 Everett Copeland          Long Island City, NY, USA D PTS  6 
1965-10-19 Bob Stallings             Long Island City, NY, USA L PTS  6 
1966-01-07 Buster Mathis             New York, NY, USA         L TKO  3 
1966-02-22 Jerry Tomasetti           Long Island City, NY, USA W PTS  6 
1966-04-06 Cleo Daniels              White Plains, NY, USA     W PTS  6 
1966-08-03 Johnny Deutsch            Scranton, PA, USA         W KO   6 
1966-10-21 Dave Centi                New York, NY, USA         W PTS  6 
1967-04-28 Don McAteer               Jersey City, NJ, USA      W TKO  7 
1967-07-19 Jerry Tomasetti           New York, NY, USA         L TKO  5 
1967-11-27 Charlie Emperor Harris    Secaucus, NJ, USA         W KO   6 
1968-01-22 Clay Thomas               Secaucus, NJ, USA         W TKO  3 
1968-04-30 Eddie Vick                Walpole, MA, USA          W PTS 10 
1968-05-20 Mike Bruce                Secaucus, NJ, USA         W PTS  8 
1968-09-26 Forest Ward               New York, NY, USA         W TKO  7 
1968-11-09 Mert Brownfield           Scranton, PA, USA         W PTS 10 
1968-12-13 Jerry Tomasetti           New York, NY, USA         W TKO  1 
1969-03-14 Roberto Davila            New York, NY, USA         W MD  10 
1969-04-28 Mike Bruce                Secaucus, NJ, USA         W PTS  8 
1969-06-22 Jose Roman                San Juan, Puerto Rico     L PTS 10 
1969-08-18 George Foreman            New York, NY, USA         L TKO  3 
1969-12-19 Pedro Agosto              New York, NY, USA         W PTS 10 
1970-01-26 Manuel Ramos              New York, NY, USA         W UD  10 
1970-06-29 Sonny Liston              Jersey City, NJ, USA      L TKO 10 
1970-09-08 Joe Bugner                Wembley, London, England  L TKO  3 
1971-01-06 Jerry Judge               Scranton, PA, USA         L TKO  5 
1971-09-16 Jesse Crown               North Bergen, NJ, USA     W KO   4 
1971-10-14 Mike Boswell              North Bergen, NJ, USA     W KO  10 
1971-12-09 Randy Neumann             North Bergen, NJ, USA     L PTS 12 
1972-04-15 Randy Neumann             Jersey City, NJ, USA      W PTS 12 
1972-12-07 John Clohessy             Bayonne, NJ, USA          W PTS 10 
1973-03-15 Billy Marquart            North Bergen, NJ, USA     W PTS 12 
1973-06-23 Ernie Terrell             Atlantic City, NJ, USA    W PTS 12 
1974-01-17 Billy Williams            North Bergen, NJ, USA     W PTS 10 
1974-03-08 Randy Neumann             New York, NY, USA         W TKO  7 
1974-05-23 Charley Polite            North Bergen, NJ, USA     W KO   4 
1974-09-03 Terry Hinke               Salt Lake City, UT, USA   W TKO 11 
1975-03-24 Muhammad Ali              Richfield, OH, USA        L TKO 15 
        WBC Heavyweight Title
        WBA Heavyweight Title
1975-11-13 Jimmy Evans               Portland, ME, USA         W KO   4 
1975-11-29 Johnny Dolan              Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA  W KO   3 
1976-05-06 Tommy Sheehan             Kearny, NJ, USA           W KO   2 
1976-10-02 Duane Bobick              Utica, NY, USA            L TKO  6 
1977-02-19 Mike Schutte              Johannesburg, GT, South A L PTS 10 
1977-05-20 Horst Him Geisler         Binghamton, NY, USA       L TKO 10 
1978-04-07 Johnny Blaine             North Bergen, NJ, USA     W KO   3 
1978-06-02 Tom Healy                 Jersey City, NJ, USA      W KO   5 
1978-09-26 Scott Frank               Totowa, NJ, USA           L PTS 12 

Record to Date
Won 35 (KOs 17)  Lost 14  Drawn 2  Total 51  

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