Born to Beat the Odds: Chuck Wepner
We’re all born for something. He was born to beat the odds. Bayonne New Jersey’s Chuck Wepner is one of Boxing’s truly legendary underdogs. In honor of his new biopic The Bleeder, Cadillac created this short doc honoring a man who truly defines what it means to Dare Greatly.
Most lives can be described as a series of moments, some moments that are unpredictable and uncontrollable and other moments where we have a choice; a choice to dare greatly. This is the story of Chuck Wepner and one of those moments.
“The Bleeder” chronicles the moment in 1975 when Chuck Wepner, a virtually unknown boxer and working class part-time liquor salesman, dared to enter the ring with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. An unlikely event with unlikely hero, whose rollercoaster of a life made him a living example of perseverance and the symbol of hope for entire working class town in New Jersey. That night in 1975, Chuck Wepner did not just fight Ali, but he knocked him down, and survived 15 rounds with the champ. What he accomplished was bigger than winning or losing, it was bigger than boxing, it was bigger than Chuck; it was about what it means to dare greatly. This series of interviews, archival footage, and new documentation shows the impact of what daring greatly can do to a person, a community, and a culture for generations to come.