Ever since boxing sensation Chris Algieri has come out as a good ol’ boy that lives with his mother, he has captured the hearts of many Americans. Sylvester Stallone has also jumped on the band wagon, recently referring to the boxer as Chris “The Real Rocky” Algieri, who was previously known as “The King of New York.”
It appears that Stallone is still not willing to state that Chuck Wepner is the real “Rocky.” The comment can be viewed as a blatant slap in the face to Chuck Wepner, who has been trying to get money from Stallone for decades because of the eerily similar plot lines of the Rocky and Wepners’ life.
Chuck Wepner is the popular blue-collar boxer who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali in 1975. Wepner is also known for adamantly claiming that he was the inspiration for the Rocky movies, citing that there are several similarites between his fights with Ali, Pro Wrestler Andre the Giant and several scenes in the Rocky movies. Wepner claims that Sylvester Stallone watched these fights and wrote the script for Rocky shortly afterwards.
The original Rocky features a bout between Rocky and heavyweight Champ Apollo Creed, a character played by Carl Weathers who Wepner claims is suppossed to be Muhammad Ali. It also looks as if the 1982 film Rocky III was greatly influenced by Wepner’s 1976 staged fight with Andre the Giant. The movie features a match between Rocky and wrestler Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips), who throws Rocky out of the ring just as Andre the Giant had done to Wepner years earlier.
Stallone subsequently denies that Wepner provided any inspiration for the films but Wepner did file a lawsuit and eventually settled with Stallone for an undisclosed amount.