GEORGE CHUVALO/MUHAMMAD ALI I
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
March 29, 1966
Ali won a 15-round unanimous decision
GEORGE CHUVALO/MUHAMMAD ALI II
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada
May 1, 1972
Ali won a 12-round unanimous decision
About George Chuvalo
Born September 12, 1937 in Toronto, Canada
Currently resides in Canada
Career record: 73 wins (64 KO), 18 defeats (2 KO), 2 draws
Considered to have had the greatest chin in boxing history, Chuvalo was never knocked down in the 93 pro fights of his career between 1956 and 1979. He actually finished his amateur career with a 16-0-0 record, all by knockout within the first four rounds. He turned pro in 1956 and knocked out four opponents in one night to win a heavyweight tournament sponsored by Jack Dempsey. Though he celebrated many victories, the biggest were his seventh-round knockout of contender Jerry Quarry in 1969 and his eleventh-round knockout of contender Doug Jones in 1964. He wasn't so lucky against Ali: he went the distance with him twice, but in both fights, lost by a wide margin on the scorecards. While enjoying substantial professional success, his personal life was disastrous. He lost three sons between 1985 and 1996, one to suicide and two to drug overdoses. His wife also committed suicide after the death of their second son. Happily, his remaining son became a teacher in Toronto and Chuvalo became stepfather to his second wife's two children. He and his wife tour Canadian high schools, speaking out against the devastation of drug use.
To mark the 40th anniversary of his 1967 fight against Joe Frazier, he and Frazier held a gala event in Toronto to raise money for various charities. Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery has Chuvalo's picture painted on his face mask. To honor his many charitable contributions and efforts, Chuvalo was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998.