Former heavyweight contender Chuck Wepner earned the nickname The Bayonne Bleeder during a pro career that lasted from 1964 to 1978. He faced George Foreman, Sonny Liston and, most famously, Muhammad Ali in compiling a 35-14-2 record. He also wrestled Andre the Giant. And a grizzly bear.
In the end, Wepner may be best known for inspiring Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" films ... and eventually suing Stallone when he never saw a dime from the franchise based on his life story. Stallone eventually settled with Wepner for an undisclosed amount.
Now ESPN Films has done a documentary on Wepner called "The Real Rocky" (check local listings for replay dates/times). Hollywood - which never met a boxing underdog story it didn't like - is also getting in on the action with "The Bleeder", starring Liev Schreiber.