#305 - Rocky Is Real - The Bloodiness of Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner

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This week, we check out the life of the man who inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Rocky character. He came from the streets, liking a barroom brawl even more than a fight in the ring. In boxing, he was known mainly for two things, being the bloodiest fighter, maybe in boxing history, and getting a shot, out of nowhere, to fight Muhammad Ali, for the heavyweight championship of the world! Just like Rocky! He spends the rest of his life selling liquor, legally, and for a little while, selling cocaine, illegally. A federal investigation brings an end to that, but years later, he's in hot water, again, this time for being involved with memorabilia counterfeiting!! The crazy never stops with this guy!

Be tapped, out of the blue, to fight for the heavyweight title, become the inspiration for the Rocky franchise, and love to fight, any time, any place with Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner!!

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