Boxing Icon Chuck Wepner Immortalized in Bayonne

The Bayonne Museum was packed with people for the dedication of a gigantic acrylic painted mural of Chuck Wepner. Wepner, who is said to be the original inspiration of the Rocky films, is knows as the “Champ of Bayonne.”

The dedication was just in time for the 40th anniversary of his match with Mohammad Ali. In addition, there are two books being written about Wepner, and a movie, all of which are said to be debuting soon.

The dedication also came with a special surprise. Wepner was presented with a vintage championship belt that dated back to his Ali fight. Tons of Bayonne residents and friends of Wepner were proud of the mural and couldn’t wait to take photos with Wepner.

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Ashley Bruno is a Cum Laude graduate from Monmouth University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in communication with concentrations in both TV & Radio Production, and Journalism. While in College she worked for 3 years on her school’s television station Hawk-TV, where she was a News Anchor and Reporter. She also worked behind the scenes on several shows on Long Branch Cable. In addition she had an internship with WABC-TV New York, where she did story development for “7 on your side.” Ashley has a passion for news and loves investigating stories. In her spare time, Ashley is a total foodie. She loves cooking, baking, and going to restaurants. She also enjoys the gym and fitness, and loves incorporate these two passions by creating healthy treats.


  1. Charles Steinel via Facebook

    I met Chuck Wepner out at the MeadowLands some years ago. I went over to him to shake his hand. I put my hand out to shake his and to my surprise, his hand was enormous! He had the biggest hands I had ever seen on a human being in my life! UNBELIEVABLE! What a gentleman he was, kind and very soft-spoken! A True American Heroe!

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