On this date: Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner, Griffith-Paret tragedy


Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner

The Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner battle is greatest identified for being the inspiration for the movie “Rocky.” Wepner was a rugged, however restricted heavyweight who was often called the “Bayonne (N.J.) Bleeder” due to his propensity to be lower. He had virtually no hope when he met the nice Ali on this date in 1975 in Richfield Township, Ohio. And, as anticipated, he misplaced. Nonetheless, Wepner had a number of surprises for Ali, who was coming off his beautiful knockout of George Foreman to regain the heavyweight championship however acknowledged that he didn’t practice correctly for Wepner. First, the underdog put Ali down in Spherical 9, which could’ve been the spark that led to the beloved movie. Ali claims he fell as a result of Wepner stepped on his foot – a rivalry video appears to help – however the second was dramatic. And, second, Wepner, as powerful as they arrive, managed to outlive till he was lastly stopped within the 15th and ultimate spherical. Ali had his hand raised however Wepner claimed his area of interest in boxing lore as a courageous, never-say-die challenger.


Emile Griffith vs. Benny Paret

The third assembly between Griffith and then-welterweight champion Paret – on this date in 1962 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York – led to tragedy. The 2 had been bitter rivals, having break up two earlier fights. And Paret added gas to the fireplace by hurling a gay slur at Griffith on the weigh-in. Griffith, who would later come out as bisexual, was incensed. The battle, televised on community TV, was aggressive going into the 12th of a scheduled 15 rounds. That’s when Griffith immediately trapped Paret in a nook and delivered a horrific flurry of punches that Paret finally couldn’t fend off. Revered referee Ruby Goldstein jumped in to avoid wasting Paret from undue punishment but it surely was too late. He slipped into unconscious and by no means awakened. He was carried from the ring and died 10 days later. Some say the tragedy led to the decline of boxing as a mainstream TV sport.

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