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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 was 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: Joe Frazier, George Foreman and, most famously, Muhammad Ali (twice). Since 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 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 in 1996 and 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 family.

An 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.

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Chuvalo-A Fighter's Life: The Story
August 1st, 2014
A Great Read on one of Canada's True Heros. His entire life is Pain and Suffering, yet what he was able to accomplish in The Ring and Outside The Ring is Remarkable. You cant read this book seriously without emotions taking hold. An amazing Life and amazing Read.
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July 12th, 2014
Excellent book from a real down to earth Canadian legend. Honest to the point of hurting the heart, the life of boxer George Chuvalo demonstrates life itself is as much a battle outside of the ring as it is in. In my opinion he is a World Champion of life
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Chuvalo - A Fighter's Life
April 21st, 2014
Interesting story. Not as good a boxer as he thought he was. Led with his head!
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Chuvalo
March 19th, 2014
Well written, an easy read and very interesting, this is the story of Canada's greatest boxer. Chuvalo also talks about the tragedy in his personal life. I highly recommend this book.
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