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The Man - George Louis Chuvalo

The characteristic that gives us a sense of toughness about this boxing legend, is that he was never knocked down in ninety-three professional fights between 1956 and 1979. He was Canadian heavyweight champion as both an amateur and a professional, and twice fought for versions of the professional world's heavyweight title.

In his teens, he became one of the best-known amateur boxers in Toronto. Chuvalo became Canadian amateur heavyweight champion in May 1955. Chuvalo finished his amateur career with a 16-0-0, all by KO within four rounds…a record.

On April 26, 1956 he knocked out four opponents in one night, winning the heavyweight tournament held by former world's champion Jack Dempsey at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.

Nicknamed "Boom Boom" Chuvalo - he turned professional in 1956. Future world champions Joe Frazier and George Foreman, despite being big punchers, were unable to knock Chuvalo down, but they were the only fighters to stop him scoring technical knockout (TKO) victories.

As successful as he was in the ring he incurred terrible personal loss. He and his wife had four sons. He lost two sons to drug overdose, another son as well as his wife to suicide. His remaining son, Mitch, became a successful teacher and coach. He adopted a personal commitment and passion to “The Fight Against Drugs” that has become highly successful on the lecture tour. www.fightagainstdrugs.ca

Chuvalo was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998 and was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.