CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 10, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo will be among boxing stars attending festivities planned for the 2015 Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“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 1960s and 1970s heavyweight division 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.
Chuvalo will be one of the boxing stars featured at “A Night of 15 Rounders” on Friday, June 12th at the Rusty Rail Party House during Hall of Fame Weekend. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the program, consisting of fight highlights, speeches, photograph and autograph opportunities, will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $60 each.
Other events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad, including “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, “Irish” Micky Ward, Nino Benvenuti, William Joppy and Ray Mercer, are scheduled to participate in the weekend.
For more information on the 2015 Hall of Fame 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.