A Fighter's Life : the Story of Boxing's Last Gladiator

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781443417334
Branch Call Number: 796. 83092 CHU C
Characteristics: 380 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Greig, Murray - Author


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Aug 20, 2015

A great boxing book from one of the greatest of all-time. Simply put, there was no one tougher than Chuvalo in the 60s and 70s. Need any proof? Just read the chapter about his fight against Joe Frazier, which almost caused him to go blind in one eye. And despite this, as well as a broken nose at the hands of George Foreman, Chuvalo was never knocked down!! Truly an enjoyable read and what makes this book even better is YouTube. After reading about several fights he documents in the book, I couldn't help but search for the corresponding video online to help illustrate Chuvalo's words.

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