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Real-life 'Rocky' gets his moment on-screen

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/4/2017 By JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press
In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner talks to The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Forty-two years after he stepped into the ring against Muhammad Ali as a 40-to-1 underdog, Wepner’s business card still has a picture of the moment when he knocked down the champ. Wepner’s life story has now arrived on the big screen with Liev Schreiber playing the Bayonne Bleeder in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © The Associated Press In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner talks to The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Forty-two years after he stepped into the ring against Muhammad Ali as a 40-to-1 underdog, Wepner’s business card still has a picture of the moment when he knocked down the champ. Wepner’s life story has now arrived on the big screen with Liev Schreiber playing the Bayonne Bleeder in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Forty-two years after he stepped into the ring against Muhammad Ali as a 40-to-1 underdog, Chuck Wepner's business card still has a picture of the moment when he knocked down the champ.

In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner talks to The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali in a fight that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky." Stallone later settled a lawsuit Wepner filed against him. Wepner's real-life story is coming to the big screen and this time he's getting all the credit, with Liev Schreiber playing Wepner in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide, (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © The Associated Press In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner talks to The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali in a fight that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky." Stallone later settled a lawsuit Wepner filed against him. Wepner's real-life story is coming to the big screen and this time he's getting all the credit, with Liev Schreiber playing Wepner in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide, (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The fight provided inspiration for a young actor named Sylvester Stallone, who incorporated elements of it and Wepner into his film "Rocky."

In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner poses for The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali in a fight that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky." Stallone later settled a lawsuit Wepner filed against him. Wepner’s life story has now arrived on the big screen with Liev Schreiber playing the Bayonne Bleeder in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © The Associated Press In a photo taken Wednesday, April 26, 2017, former boxer Chuck Wepner poses for The Associated Press in his home in Bayonne, N.J. Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali in a fight that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky." Stallone later settled a lawsuit Wepner filed against him. Wepner’s life story has now arrived on the big screen with Liev Schreiber playing the Bayonne Bleeder in “Chuck,” which opens on Friday, May 5, 2017, in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Liev Schreiber (LEE'-ehv SHRY'-bir) plays the Bayonne Bleeder in the new film "Chuck," which opens on Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Wepner says he's been living large for 42 years and hasn't been waiting around for his story to be told. Still, he's happy to see it on-screen.

In 2003, Wepner sued Stallone, arguing that he improperly used his name to promote the "Rocky" films." Stallone later settled.

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