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George Louis Chuvalo, CM (born September 12, 1937) is a retired Canadian professional boxer who was a five-time Canadian heavyweight champion, and two-time world heavyweight title challenger. Chuvalo was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[1]

George Chuvalo
George Chuvalo.jpg
Chuvalo in April 2010
Statistics
Real nameJure Čuvalo
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityCanadian
Born (1937-09-12) September 12, 1937 (age 81)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights93
Wins72
Wins by KO63
Losses19
Draws2
No contests0

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Early life and careerEdit

George was a child of Croatian immigrants Stipan and Katica from Herzegovina (Ljubuski). Chuvalo became Canadian amateur heavyweight champion in May 1955, defeating Winnipeg's Peter Piper with a first-round KO in a tournament final in Regina, Saskatchewan. Chuvalo finished his amateur career with a 16-0-0 record, all by KO within four rounds. Nicknamed "Boom Boom", Chuvalo turned professional in 1956, knocking out four opponents in one night to win a heavyweight tournament held by former world's champion Jack Dempsey at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on April 26, 1956.[2]

Against AliEdit

Chuvalo is best known for his two fights against Muhammad Ali. He went the distance both times, in each case losing the decision by a wide margin on the scorecards. The first fight, on March 29, 1966, at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, was for Ali's world heavyweight title. "He's the toughest guy I ever fought," said Ali of Chuvalo after the fight.[3]

Tributes and other appearancesEdit

On August 14, 2008, Chuvalo's kitchen was the featured renovation project on the Canadian TV series Holmes on Homes in an episode titled "Kitchen Knockout". [4]

Chuvalo was featured as part of the 2009 documentary film Facing Ali, in which notable former opponents of Ali (Chuvalo fought Ali twice) speak about how fighting Ali changed their lives.[citation needed]

During April 2010, Chuvalo was a special guest at the BC Golden Gloves tournament held at the Eagle Ridge Community Centre in Langford, British Columbia.[5] The event was co-hosted by Boxing BC and the Capital City Boxing Club.

On December 17, 2011, he came to Sarajevo to attend the unveiling of a statue in his honor in Ljubuški on Sunday, December 18, 2011.[6]

Professional boxing recordEdit

72 Wins (63 knockouts, 9 decisions), 19 Losses (0 knockouts, 17 decisions), 2 Draws[7]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 73–18–2   George Jerome TKO 3 11/12/1978   St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retained Canada Heavyweight title.
Win 72–18–2   Earl McLeay KO 1 08/12/1977   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retained Canada Heavyweight title. McLeay was knocked out by a straight right hand.
Win 71–18–2   Bob Felstein KO 9 07/03/1977   North York Centennial Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Won vacant Canada Heavyweight title.
Win 70–18–2   Mike Boswell KO 7 30/10/1973   Twin Rinks, Cheektowaga, New York, United States
Win 69–18–2   Tony Ventura TKO 3 25/09/1973   Twin Rinks, Cheektowaga, New York, United States
Win 68–18–2   Charlie Boston KO 2 05/09/1972   Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Win 67–18–2   Tommy Burns KO 1 10/08/1972   Nelson, British Columbia, Canada Retained Canada Heavyweight title.
Loss 66–18–2   Muhammad Ali UD 12 01/05/1972   Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada For NABF Heavyweight title. 46–60, 51–59, 51–58
Win 66–17–2   Jim Christopher KO 2 21/02/1972   Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 65–17–2   Charley Chase TKO 6 28/01/1972   Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Retained Canada Heavyweight title. Fight was stopped after Chase suffered a broken right hand.
Win 64–17–2   Cleveland Williams UD 10 17/11/1971   Astrodome, Houston, Texas, United States 98–93, 97–94, 98–93
Loss 63–17–2   Jimmy Ellis UD 10 10/05/1971   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 63–16–2   Charles Couture KO 2 11/12/1970   Austintown Fitch High School Gym, Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 62–16–2   Tony Ventura TKO 4 05/11/1970   Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 61–16–2   Tommy Burns KO 1 24/10/1970   Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 60–16–2   Mike Bruce KO 2 15/08/1970   Kosevo Stadium, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Loss 59–16–2   George Foreman TKO 3 04/08/1970   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Corner stoppage.
Win 59–15–2   Charlie Reno KO 3 30/06/1970   Seattle, Washington, D.C., United States Reno was knocked down four times in the 3rd round.
Win 58–15–2   Gino Ricci TKO 1 10/05/1970   Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Win 57–15–2   Willie Tiger KO 10 01/05/1970   Fairgrounds, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 56–15–2   Jerry Quarry KO 7 12/12/1969   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States In round 7 Quarry was knocked down by a left hook on the top of the head. He rose at the count of 3, but decided to take a knee, he got up at the count of 10 instead of 9 and referee Zach Clayton declared the fight over at 2:59.
Win 55–15–2   Leslie Borden TKO 3 16/11/1969   Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Win 54–15–2   Stamford Harris TKO 3 08/09/1969   Exhibition Pavilion, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Loss 53–15–2   Buster Mathis UD 12 03/02/1969   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States 2–10, 3–9, 3–8
Win 53–14–2   Dante Cane TKO 7 12/11/1968   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 52–14–2   Manuel Ramos TKO 5 26/09/1968   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Ramos was knocked down in the 5th round.
Win 51–14–2   Vic Brown TKO 3 17/09/1968   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Brown signalled to the referee that he had enough, after he was knocked down twice in the 3rd round.
Win 50–14–2   Levi Forte TKO 2 03/09/1968   Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 49–14–2   Johnny Featherman KO 1 30/06/1968   Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Win 48–14–2   Jean-Claude Roy UD 12 05/06/1968   Exhibition Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Won Canada Heavyweight title. Joe Louis was the referee. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was in serious trouble.
Loss 47–14–2   Joe Frazier TKO 4 19/07/1967   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Cut eye stoppage.
Win 47–13–2   Archie Ray TKO 2 22/06/1967   Adams Field House, Missoula, Montana, United States
Win 46–13–2   Willi Besmanoff TKO 3 27/05/1967   Cocoa, Florida, United States
Win 45–13–2   Willi Besmanoff TKO 3 04/04/1967   Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 44–13–2   Buddy Moore KO 2 20/03/1967   Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts, United States
Win 43–13–2   Dick Wipperman TKO 3 22/02/1967   Armory, Akron, Ohio, United States Wipperman was knocked down three times in the 3rd round.
Win 42–13–2   Vic Brown KO 4 16/01/1967   Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts, United States
Win 41–13–2   Willie McCormick KO 3 16/12/1966   Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Win 40–13–2   Dave Russell TKO 2 28/11/1966   Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 39–13–2   Boston Jacobs TKO 3 21/11/1966   Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 38–13–2   Dick Wipperman TKO 5 12/10/1966   Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 37–13–2   Bob Avery TKO 2 15/09/1966   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Chuvalo walloped Avery to the canvas five times, before referee stopped the bout.
Win 36–13–2   Mel Turnbow KO 7 16/08/1966   Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 35–13–2   Oscar Bonavena MD 12 23/06/1966   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 35–12–2   Levi Forte TKO 2 15/05/1966   Miner's Forum, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada Forte's corner threw in the towel.
Loss 34–12–2   Muhammad Ali UD 15 29/03/1966   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada For World Heavyweight title. 62–74, 63–74, 65–73
Loss 34–11–2   Eduardo Corletti PTS 10 25/01/1966   Olympia, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 34–10–2   Joe Bygraves PTS 10 07/12/1965   Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom Bygraves was knocked down in the 10th round.
Loss 33–10–2   Ernie Terrell UD 15 01/11/1965   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada For WBA World Heavyweight title.
Win 33–9–2   Orvin Veazey KO 2 17/08/1965   Exhibition Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 32–9–2   Dave Bailey KO 3 30/06/1965   Exhibition Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 31–9–2   Ed Sonny Andrews TKO 1 07/06/1965   Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 30–9–2   Bill Nielsen TKO 8 19/04/1965   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 29–9–2   Floyd Patterson UD 12 01/02/1965   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States 1965 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win 29–8–2   Calvin Butler KO 3 10/11/1964   Hull, Quebec, Canada
Win 28–8–2   Doug Jones TKO 11 02/10/1964   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Jones was knocked down once in the 11th round, before referee Arthur Mercante stopped it. Chuvalo led on two of the three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Win 27–8–2   Don Prout TKO 3 27/07/1964   Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 26–8–2   Hugh Mercier KO 1 18/03/1964   Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Won vacant Canada Heavyweight title.
Loss 25–8–2   Zora Folley UD 10 17/01/1964   Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, United States 45–50, 42–49, 44–47
Draw 25–7–2   Tony Alongi PTS 10 08/11/1963   Miami Beach, Florida, United States First decision had been win for Alongi, but recheck showed error in referee's card and commission changed decision.
Win 25–7–1   Mike DeJohn MD 10 27/09/1963   Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky, United States DeJohn was knocked down in the 2nd and 6th rounds.
Win 24–7–1   Lloyd Washington KO 2 18/05/1963   Central High Field House, Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Win 23–7–1   Chico Gardner KO 4 29/04/1963   London, Ontario, Canada
Win 22–7–1   James Wakefield TKO 6 22/04/1963   Arena, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Win 21–7–1   Rico Brooks TKO 2 15/03/1963   Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 20–7–1   Joe Erskine DQ 5 02/10/1961   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Chuvalo was disqualified for headbutting.
Loss 20–6–1   Bob Cleroux SD 12 08/08/1961   Delormier Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost Canada Heavyweight title.
Win 20–5–1   Willi Besmanoff TKO 4 27/06/1961   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 19–5–1   Alex Miteff SD 10 27/03/1961   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 18–5–1   Bob Cleroux UD 12 23/11/1960   Forum, Quebec, Canada Won Canada Heavyweight title.
Loss 17–5–1   Bob Cleroux SD 12 17/08/1960   Delormier Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost Canada Heavyweight title.
Loss 17–4–1   Pete Rademacher UD 10 19/07/1960   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 17–3–1   Yvon Durelle KO 12 17/11/1959   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retained Canada Heavyweight title. Durelle was knocked down once in the 1st and 9th rounds, twice in the 10th round, and again for the count in the 12th round.
Win 16–3–1   Frankie Daniels TKO 7 14/09/1959   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 15–3–1   Pat McMurtry UD 10 17/10/1958   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 15–2–1   James J. Parker KO 1 15/09/1959   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Won vacant Canada Heavyweight title. Parker was knocked down three times.
Draw 14–2–1   Alex Miteff PTS 10 16/06/1958   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Miteff was knocked down in the 10th round.
Win 14–2   Howard King KO 2 21/04/1958   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 13–2   Julio Mederos UD 10 27/01/1958   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 12–2   Bob Baker UD 10 09/09/1957   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 12–1   Joe Schmolze KO 4 06/06/1957   Fort William, Ontario, Canada Joe Schmolze fought this fight under the alias "Joe Olsen". Schmolze was a substitute for Kid Gage.
Win 11–1   Emil Brtko TKO 2 04/22/1957   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 10–1   Moses Graham KO 2 25/03/1957   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 9–1   Walter Hafer KO 3 04/03/1957   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–1   Sid Russell KO 1 14/01/1957   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 7–1   Bob Biehler UD 8 19/11/1956   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 6–1   Howard King SD 8 22/10/1956   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–0   Joe Evans KO 1 10/09/1956   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 5–0   John Arthur UD 8 11/06/1956   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 4–0   Ed McGee KO 1 23/04/1956   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Novice Tournament.
Win 3–0   Ross Gregory KO 1 23/04/1956   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Novice Tournament.
Win 2–0   Jim Leonard KO 2 23/04/1956   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Novice Tournament.
Win 1–0   Gordon Baldwin TKO 2 23/04/1956   Toronto, Ontario, Canada Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Novice Tournament.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "George Chuvalo". http://oshof.ca/. Retrieved 23 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Zawadzki, Edward (2001). The Ultimate Canadian Sports Trivia Book, Volume 1. Canada: Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 216. ISBN 9780888822376.
  3. ^ "Great catcher poor pitcher that's George", Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, March 30, 1966
  4. ^ Episode: Kitchen Knockout, HGTV.ca: Holmes on Holmes, http://www.hgtv.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=111645.
  5. ^ 2010 BC Golden Gloves program
  6. ^ Jure Čuvalo (Georg Chuvalo) danas u Sarajevu, sutra u Ljubuškom http://www.hercegovina.info/vijesti/sport/borilacki-sportovi/jure-cuvalo-georg-chuvalo-jucer-u-sarajevu-danas-u-ljubuskom
  7. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=119&cat=boxer&pageID=1

</references/>^ Chuvalo, George (November 2013). "Lost Boys". Toronto Life Magazine.

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