CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 11, 2014 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo will return to Canastota for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 5-8th.
“Boxers don’t come any tougher than George Chuvalo,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He was one of the most popular stars of the talent rich heavyweight division of the 1960s & 70s and we’re thrilled that he will be in Canastota in June.”
Toronto’s Chuvalo began boxing in 1956. Within two years he won the vacant Canadian heavyweight title, a championship he would hold for the better part of twenty years. Chuvalo registered wins over Yvon Durelle, Doug Jones, Cleveland Williams, Jerry Quarry and Mike DeJohn. He engaged in two-world title bouts, first against Ernie Terrell in 1965 (L15) and Muhammad Ali in Toronto in 1966 (L15). Chuvalo retired in 1978 with a 73-18-2 (64 KOs) record.
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, a Night of Puerto Rican Pride, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2014. Inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 25th Annual Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.