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Chuck Wepner, 'The Bayonne Bleeder,' inspired Sylvester Stallone to create 'Rocky' when he knocked down Muhammad Ali in their 1975 fight.

His colorful life story is now a new feature film, 'Chuck,' opening in theaters May 5 starring Liev Schreiber in the title role.

We interviewed both Chuck Wepner and Liev Schreiber ('Ray Donovan,' 'Wolverine') on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

This spectacular doubleheader interview is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who review Shawn Porter's mauling conquest of Andre Berto, give us the inside scoop on the sensational Charlo twins, discuss Tyson Fury's offer to provide stud services to any woman willing to pay $64,000 (US), speculate whether Adrien Broner will make it to age 30 without going to jail, and tell us who's going to win the Klitschko-Joshua fight.

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Yes, says Chuck Wepner, Hollywood megastar Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") is plenty handsome enough to play the leading man in "The Bleeder," the major motion picture, now in production, that will tell Wepner's life story.

In fact, the hardscrabble heavyweight predicts makeup artists will have to work overtime on Schreiber's face to replicate Wepner's scar tissue (he took more than 300 stitches during his career) and bent nose.

"The Bayonne Bleeder" made his third appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show on Oct. 18 to talk about double-dating with Schreiber and co-star Naomi Watts (they all went to the Golovkin fight the previous night), and reminisce about a gritty and gory career (including his 15-round fight with Muhammad Ali) that inspired Sylvester Stallone to create "Rocky."

Wepner also revisits a difficult period in his postfight life that included substance abuse, and a two-year stint in a maximum-security prison, an experience that changed the trajectory of his now-happy life.

This is a sensational conversation with an authentic boxing legend.

The Chuck Wepner interview is preceded by a thorough review of the Golovkin and "Chocolatito" fights (among other topics) by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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 An amazing year of interviews on The Ringside Boxing Show was capped off on Dec. 18, 2011 by our year-ender show, featuring the best clips from our interviews of Vinny Paz, Irish Pat Lawlor, Angelo Dundee, Dicky Eklund, Harold Lederman, Chuck Wepner, Anthony Dirrell, Howard Davis Jr., and Bobby Czyz. Enjoy this colorful array of segments from a great year.

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Chuck Wepner was a fringe contender who serendipitously was anointed to fight Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship in 1975. He not only went 15 rounds with the champ, but knocked Ali down in the ninth round -- a performance that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write, direct and star in "Rocky."

Enjoy this candid, animated conversation with one of the most interesting boxers of his time, "The Bayonne Bleeder," Chuck Wepner.

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