Chuvalo Stood Up to Ali, Foreman, Frazier & More
George Chuvalo (73-18-2, 64 KOs) didn't always win, but he never disappointed. The toughest heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970s, Chuvalo was a throwback to boxing's rough and tumble 1930s. As Nat Fleischer observed: "Scientific boxing is not part of Chuvalo’s equipment". And Rocky Marciano, who at one time trained Chuvalo, thought he was born a century too late.
The Canadian fought over a 22-year period, from 1956 to 1978. He won his first four professional fights over the course of one night. Participating in the Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Novice Tournament, refereed by the former champ, Chuvalo stopped Gordon Baldwin and Jim Leonard in the second (the former by TKO, the latter by KO) and Ross Gregory and Ed McGee in the first (both by KO).
Chuvalo became Canada's heavyweight champ two years after turning pro by kayoing James J. Parker in the first. In 1959, he knocked out Yvon Durelle in th...