Muhammad Ali KOs Chuck Wepner This Day March 24, 1975
- Muhammad Ali 223½ lbs
- Chuck Wepner 225 lbs
- TKO at 2:41 in round 15 of 15
- Location: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA
- Referee: Tony Perez
- Judge: Jackie Keough 136-129
- Judge: Sam Taormina 138-129
- World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Ali)
- World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Ali
Ali earned $1.6 million and Wepner made $100,000.
The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 150 locations.
There was a crowd of 14,847 at the Richfield Coliseum.
Ali was a 10 to 1 betting favorite.
Ali toyed with Wepner through the first eight rounds.
In the ninth round, Wepner stepped on Ali’s foot and hit him with a right to the ribs, which knocked the champion flat on his back for an official knockdown.
After the knockdown, Ali started to fight with more purpose and dominated rounds ten through fifteen.
In the fifteenth round, Ali battered Wepner until the “Bayonne Bleeder” crumpled into the ropes. Wepner struggled to get up, and the referee stopped the fight.
Wepner’s gutsy performance against Ali inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Oscar-winning film Rocky.