Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last

Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator [PDF] ✩ Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator By George Chuvalo – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The inspirational memoir of the Canadian boxer who fought some of the greatest heavyweights in history, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, but lost everything outside the ringFrom a tough Toronto Fighter's Life: ePUB ↠ The inspirational memoir of the Canadian boxer who fought some of the Chuvalo: A PDF/EPUB or greatest heavyweights in history, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, but lost everything A Fighter's Life: ePUB ¹ outside the ringFrom a tough Toronto childhood as the only son of immigrant parents, through a twenty three year career that earned him induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to the public tragedies that decimated his family long after the cheering stopped, George Chuvalo tells his life story as only he canChuvalo was the longest reigning champion in Canadian boxing history After teaching himself the basics, he turned pro as an eighteen year old inand over the next twenty three years fought some of the sport s greatest names Joe Frazier, George Foreman and, most famously, Muhammad Ali twice Since retiring from the ring in , Chuvalo has had to come to terms with a series of crushing body blows His youngest son, a heroin addict, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound Two other sons died from heroin overdoses His first wife, overcome with grief, took her own life Yet Chuvalo has stoically fought back He formed his Fight Against Drugs foundation inand has spent the past seventeen years travelling across Canada and to parts of the United States, talking to tens of thousands of students and young adults about what happened to his familyAn inspirational story of a Canadian icon, Chuvalo is both a top flight boxing memoir and a poignant, hard hitting story of coping with unimaginable loss.


10 thoughts on “Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator

  1. Gordon Jones Gordon Jones says:

    I have always been a fan of George Chuvalo and was thrilled to have met him last year He has seen great times and devastating times during his life, which are all told in Chuvalo A Fighters Life.Chuvalo held the Canadian Boxing Championship longer than any other boxer Although he had fought the worlds greatest contenders and champions of his era, he was never offered a shot at the British Commonwealth Championship even though he fought the worlds greats contenders and champions of his time, a I have always been a fan of George Chuvalo and was thrilled to have met him last year He has seen great times and devastating times during his life, which are all told in Chuvalo A Fighters Life.Chuvalo held the Canadian Boxing Championship longer than any other boxer Although he had fought the worlds greatest contenders and champions of his era, he was never offered a shot at the British Commonwealth Championship even though he fought the worlds greats contenders and champions of his time, and had legendary fight in 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens with World Champion Mohammed Ali in Toronto after being notified of the fight just 17 days before.He retired from fighting in 1978 as the Canadian Heavyweight Champion at the age of 41 with a record of 72 19 2 with 63 knockouts Chuvalo is famous for never once being knocked down in a fight.Chuvalo should have better financial paydays and an evenprestigious fight career but made the mistake of signing a long term contract with Irv Ungerman, who knew nothing of the fight game, and was in it only for the financial rewards he could funnel away from Chuvalo.In this book he is very open and honest about his life after boxing Many of his immediate family, wife and sons, suffered from drug addiction which ultimately led to drug overdoses or suicide.I really enjoyed this look back on his life and highly recommend this book


  2. Lola Lola says:

    I am not a boxing fan, and yes I watched the Rocky movies Sure, I have heard of some famous boxers, such as Ali, Fraser, Foreman, Tyson, to name a few I just don t like the sport I hope my son never picks it up I personally believe there are other and better ways to demonstrate ones strength and endurance However, after reading George Chuvalo s book I have come to understand the mentality of a boxer a bit better The following quote from Chuvalo a Fighter s Life The Story of Boxing s La I am not a boxing fan, and yes I watched the Rocky movies Sure, I have heard of some famous boxers, such as Ali, Fraser, Foreman, Tyson, to name a few I just don t like the sport I hope my son never picks it up I personally believe there are other and better ways to demonstrate ones strength and endurance However, after reading George Chuvalo s book I have come to understand the mentality of a boxer a bit better The following quote from Chuvalo a Fighter s Life The Story of Boxing s Last Gladiator helps to do just that To me, boxing has always represented the purest for of athletic competition It s muchnatural to fight than it is to play football or hockey A caveman or an alien from another planet would understand boxing, but he sure as hell wouldn t understand golf or tennis It s all about respect for power and no other sportclearly demonstrates one man s superiority over another When a guy goes down for the 10 count and can t get back on his feet, everybody knows who won pg 8 9 I enjoyed reading this book While reading, I felt as if George was telling me his story himself There is a real personable quality to this book that drags you and wraps you into the story George takes you through his life, all the highs and lows, with an honesty that is refreshing To be very truthful, I had never heard of George Chuvalo before I saw him on Canada Am one morning promoting his book My husband of course knew who he was But, during that interview, George Chuvalo came across as a very open individual and he is the reason that pushed me to read this book I was not disappointed with this book Mr Chuvalo is a true fighter in and out of the ring He has taken everything that has happened in his life and tried to make something good come out of it In George Chuvalo s own words The kid said that after hearing me speak he felt compelled to call the police which is a pretty tough thing to do to your own flesh and blood..It had a happy ending the kid got help and got off drugs It s that kind of feedback that keeps me fighting at 75 and I m going to keep doing it until I run out of steam If I didn t keep fighting, it would be like my sons and my wife died in vain And I don t ever want to feel that way Well, Mr Chuvalo I think it is pretty safe to say that you are making a difference and your sons and wife s lives will never be lost in vain One life has been saved because of your message Now, the young man that was helped because of your presentation can make a difference in the lives around him, and because of that the world is already becoming a better place We don t have to change the world all at once, just one person at a time


  3. Teena in Toronto Teena in Toronto says:

    George Chuvalo is a retired professional heavyweight boxer who fought during the 1960s and 1970s He was born in Toronto not far from my hood to Croatian parents and always called Toronto home George tells us about his childhood and how he became a boxer he started boxing at about age ten He gives information on all his fights, what was going on at the time and, in most cases, what eventually became of the boxers He was never knocked down or knocked out in his entire career, not even b George Chuvalo is a retired professional heavyweight boxer who fought during the 1960s and 1970s He was born in Toronto not far from my hood to Croatian parents and always called Toronto home George tells us about his childhood and how he became a boxer he started boxing at about age ten He gives information on all his fights, what was going on at the time and, in most cases, what eventually became of the boxers He was never knocked down or knocked out in his entire career, not even by big hitters such as Joe Frazier and George Foreman Although he never won a world title, he did challenge twice for a world title against Muhammad Ali and went the distance After their first fight in 1966, Ali said Chuvalo was the toughest guy I ever fought Chuvalo married Lynn when they were young he was 19 and she was 16 Together they had five children four boys and a girl Three sons eventually became addicted to heroin Jesse committed suicide because of it and Georgie Lee and Steve died of overdoses Lynn committed suicide four days after Georgie Lee s death Because of the tragedies in his life, he created the George Chuvalo Fight Against Drugs and he and his second wife, Joanne, traveled around talking to youth in schools about the effects of drugs and the effects on families.It was an interesting book and I liked it I liked the writing style, which seemed honest and real Anyone interested in boxing will enjoy it as they are able relive some the great fights of the past.There are lots of pictures in the back of the book, some of which Chuvalo refers to as he is telling his story Rather than having the pictures in the back, it would have been nice to have them close to their stories I read this book on an ereader and it would have been to have easier access to the pictures.Blog review post


  4. Bryan Day Bryan Day says:

    A very good read The boxing career is very, very detailed and takes up about 300 pages of the book I personally feel that this could have been told in less detail with the same message being delivered The part that I wasinterested in reading about was the human element of a man who lost 3 sons and his wife due to suicide and drug overdoses I don t have a morbid fascination with this topic, but I do have a personal connection as a member of my immediate family had a very close connectio A very good read The boxing career is very, very detailed and takes up about 300 pages of the book I personally feel that this could have been told in less detail with the same message being delivered The part that I wasinterested in reading about was the human element of a man who lost 3 sons and his wife due to suicide and drug overdoses I don t have a morbid fascination with this topic, but I do have a personal connection as a member of my immediate family had a very close connection to this man and his family My natural curiosity inspired me to read this book I wasn t disappointed, just a little overwhelmed with the exhaustive details behind almost every fight he had If you are a boxing fan, and especially a fan of boxing history, this is almost a must read If you want to know how a man struggles to come to grips with the destruction of his family, skip ahead to page 300 and learn the brutal truth of what drugs can do to not only the abuser, but also to their family Overall a good read that I can honestly say I learned a bit from


  5. Pamela Montano Pamela Montano says:

    George Chuvalo, a Canadian boxer who retired as the only fighter who was never knocked down Ali once said, He hit me harder than I ve ever been hit This story isabout the hits he took from life He lost 3 sons, two to herion overdoses and one to suicide His wife, Lynne, committed suicide because she just couldn t live with the pain of losing her sons He dedicates his life to telling his story in the hopes that it will help other addicts and friends, parents or relatives of addicts W George Chuvalo, a Canadian boxer who retired as the only fighter who was never knocked down Ali once said, He hit me harder than I ve ever been hit This story isabout the hits he took from life He lost 3 sons, two to herion overdoses and one to suicide His wife, Lynne, committed suicide because she just couldn t live with the pain of losing her sons He dedicates his life to telling his story in the hopes that it will help other addicts and friends, parents or relatives of addicts While writing this book, his 19 year old granddaughter died of cancer This is quite possibly the toughest book I ve ever read


  6. E.R. Yatscoff E.R. Yatscoff says:

    The co writer Murray Grieg did a fine job with the life story of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever I used to be a boxing fan until the WBA turned into the WBC and then the IBF and then all the other organizations screwed the business up that led to the rise of MMA Ultimate fighting The voice of Chuvalo is so relaxed and honest it s as if he s sitting across from you having a coffee Well written and some great behind the scenes stuff Much better than Neil Young s as Neil had so muc The co writer Murray Grieg did a fine job with the life story of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever I used to be a boxing fan until the WBA turned into the WBC and then the IBF and then all the other organizations screwed the business up that led to the rise of MMA Ultimate fighting The voice of Chuvalo is so relaxed and honest it s as if he s sitting across from you having a coffee Well written and some great behind the scenes stuff Much better than Neil Young s as Neil had so much missing and seemed such a shallow story Go George Go A good read


  7. Sean Newman Sean Newman says:

    enjoyableFelt like Mr Chuvalo was speaking from the page, ghostwriter aside If you have a kid who is curious or experimenting with drugs, as I do, they NEED to read Part Four of this book, if nothing else.


  8. Tania Rose Tania Rose says:

    Picked this up after I heard him speak about the loss of his sons to drug addiction and his wife to suicide this bio doesn t touch on those subjects very much but delves into his earlier life a good read


  9. Kevin Gallan Kevin Gallan says:

    tragic life of a good Canadian love to shake his hand


  10. Ivan Ivan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Great look into a legendary fighters life I had no idea about his familial issues and it was definitely insightful As someone who isn t a big boxing fan, I think it would beenjoyable for someone who knows a bitabout fighting history Still enjoyable though at points I wish it werepersonal and less about his opponents, though it felt like that was purposeful to show where fighters end up many with early deaths.


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