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.