Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story Of Boxing's Last Gladiator

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Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story Of Boxing's Last Gladiator

by George Chuvalo, Murray Greig

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | October 29, 2013 | Hardcover

Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story Of Boxing's Last Gladiator is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

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 ring

From 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 can.

Chuvalo traded punches with several all-time greats-Joe Frazier, George Foreman and, most famously, Muhammad Ali (twice)-yet in nearly one hundred bouts, he was never knocked down. But his biggest fight came after he hung up his gloves, when drugs and suicide devastated his family. Chuvalo is both a top-flight boxing memoir and a poignant, hard-hitting story of coping with unimaginable loss.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 392 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.33 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443417335

ISBN - 13: 9781443417334

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I bought this book for my hubby for Xmas & he has read it in 4 days.Now I need to say that this is a man who does not read much. Maybe 2 or 3 books a year & they usually take him about a month. He has not stopped talking about it either. So if you want a good book for your sports minded guy, this would be it.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator I found the book a compelling read, primarily because Chuvalo didn't pull any punches. He was candid, truthful, honest - brutally so and warranted - yet he was also able to convey the humour and showmanship of the sport and entertainment vehicle that Boxing was in his era. For those that remember Boxing at that time, it was truly an entertaining sport with great men involved as well as being the main participants. As for the personal tragedies that he has endured, as the Champion he is, he shares the details with his audience that many, if in a similar position, most likely would not have the courage to do so. Moreover, as he visits school and gives presentations and talks as to the dangers of drugs to today's young people, one gains a sense of his compassion and that he truly cares to help these young people to avoid the devastating consequences drugs can have on a life.  The fact that Chuvalo grew up in Toronto’s Junction neighborhood, and he writes of being raised there and when he first began the journey of becoming a professional Boxer, (Queue the Hockey connection and Lloyd Percival) and from those humble beginnings, to Canadian Heavy Weight Champion, two times going the distance with Muhammad Ali, fights with Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Floyd Patterson - is reason enough to consider him a local hero.   As the book's title suggest,  'A Fighter's Life: The Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator' once read, I found myself feeling a renewed respect for Chuvalo as the life lived, and being lived. To be of Canadian icon status, I would think even the guy who dubbed him with that label "Washer Woman" who agree!   
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Fighter's Life This book needs to be taken with large grain of salt. In the book George blames everyone but himself. When you are boxer it is you against the other man in the ring. He might have been a skilled boxer that stayed on his feet but the bottom line is that the only thing that really maters is that HE didnt win the big fights. George should stop making excusings and take responsibility and stop wrongly blaming others for his failures. When reading this book one should remember that there are three sides to every story. This is a book by an intelligent but very sad and dillusional man.
Date published: 2014-03-10

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Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life: The Story Of Boxing's Last Gladiator

by George Chuvalo, Murray Greig

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 392 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.33 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443417335

ISBN - 13: 9781443417334

From the Publisher

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 ring

From 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 can.

Chuvalo traded punches with several all-time greats-Joe Frazier, George Foreman and, most famously, Muhammad Ali (twice)-yet in nearly one hundred bouts, he was never knocked down. But his biggest fight came after he hung up his gloves, when drugs and suicide devastated his family. Chuvalo is both a top-flight boxing memoir and a poignant, hard-hitting story of coping with unimaginable loss.

About the Author

GEORGE CHUVALO is the longest reigning champion in Canadian boxing history. After teaching himself the basics, he turned pro as an eighteen-year-old in 1956 and over the next twenty-three years fought some of the sport’s greatest names. After retiring from the ring in 1979, 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 others died from heroin overdoses. In between, his first wife, overcome with grief, took her own life. Yet Chuvalo has stoically fought back. He formed his Fight Against Drugs foundation in 1996 and has spent the last seventeen years travelling across Canada and parts of the United States, talking to tens of thousands of students and young adults about what happened to his family.


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