Name: George Chuvalo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6′ 0″ / 183cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Irving Ungerman
Trainer: Teddy McWhorter
Cut Men: Whitey Bimstein & Freddie Brown
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George Chuvalo, born to Croatian parents, became the Canadian amateur heavyweight champion in 1955, winning the "Jack Dempsey Novice Heavyweight Tournament" by stopping four opponents in a total of five rounds. He turned professional at 19, winning the Canadian heavyweight championship in 1958 when he defeated James J. Parker. Among the better-known of his vanquished opponents was Yvon Durelle, the 'Fighting Fisherman' who nearly snatched the light-heavyweight crown from the head of the legendary Archie Moore. He lost the title to Bob Cleroux on a split decision in the latter's hometown in 1960, regained it, then lost it to Cleroux again in Montreal on a split decision. He regained the title by beating Jean Claude Roy in 1968. This time he held the title for 11 years before giving it up in 1979.
Chuvalo is remembered internationally for his remarkable courage and fighting spirit, his iron chin, and his ability to stay with the world's highest-ranked boxers, none of whom ever knocked him off his feet. His opponents included George Foreman, Cleveland Williams, Doug Jones,Ernie Terrell, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. One of his most memorable victories was his knockout in December 1969 of Jerry Quarry. George never got a shot at the British Empire title though he was generally considered the number one contender. When asked by Chuvalo's manager if he would ever meet Henry Cooper in the ring for the title, Cooper's manager said,"Not on, old boy. Henry won't even meet him socially." Chuvalo finished with a lifetime professional record of 73-18-2; 64 of his 73 victories were by knockout. Chuvalo's accomplishments were finally recognized when he was belatedly inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
He lost two sons to drug overdoses, another son to suicide, and his wife to suicide after that. Currently (2011) he tours, giving lectures against drugs, and actively participates in charity work, for which he was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998. Chuvalo was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997, and, at some time, into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.