Death and workouts.

Posted: February 1, 2010 in Boxing, Confessions of the CEO

Greetings all you blog readers (hi Mom).  We’re officially in our second month of operation and have gone through the first cycle of 4 workouts and are back to week one.   We are learning a tonne about what’s working and what isn’t and are always renewing our commitment to safe, results-driven and fun workouts.

At Capital City Boxing – Hit to Fit’s mothership, we got word that George Chuvalo is on board to speak at the Golden Gloves (which Capital City Boxing is hosting) this year.  In case you don’t know who he is, here’s a snippet from his bio from Wikipedia:

“Chuvalo is best known for his two fights against Muhammad Ali. He went the distance both times, in each case losing the decision by a wide margin on the scorecards. The first fight, on March 29, 1966 would have been for Ali’s world title but boxing politics caused it to be staged as “a heavyweight showdown” instead, although it was scheduled for and went the fifteen round championship distance. “He’s the toughest guy I ever fought”, said Ali of Chuvalo after the fight.[1] Ali’s cornerman, Angelo Dundee, said, “He never stopped coming on … you’ve got to admire a man like that.”[1] The second Ali fight was in 1972 and went twelve rounds, with Ali—between his world championship reigns—winning an easy decision. It was the last major fight of Chuvalo’s career.

Chuvalo lost three sons, Jesse Chuvalo in 1985 to suicide, Georgie Lee Chuvalo in 1993 to a drug overdose and Steven Louis Chuvalo in 1994 to drug overdose. He lost his wife to suicide after the second son died.”

George now spends his time touring Canada speaking to youth about his experience of losing his wife and three of his sons as consequences of drug addiction.  I am in awe of this man and how he managed to pick himself up off the mat and deliver his powerful message.  It’s beyond comprehension.

Till next time, Sandy

  1. Pete Neilson says:

    Hi Sandi, I watched this video and was very moved by George Chuvalo’s message… I have watched a couple of other documentaries about his life too and they were equally moving too. George Chuvalo is a person of tremendous personal strength and courage to be able to live with the tragedies that occured in his personal life… I have seen video footage where Ali said that Chuvalo was the toughest guy he ever fought. George Chuvalo has a message for all people no matter who they are & what their age is. I look forward to meeting him at Golden Gloves 2010.

  2. hitgirl says:

    yeah – pretty heavy stuff he’s dealing with. have you seen ‘facing ali’ yet? it’s a great movie with a strong emphasis on Chuvalo. We are thrilled he’s coming, though I must admit to being star-struck.

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