Students boxing at KAYO Boxing Club. Photo courtesy of KAYOboxingclub.com.

Boxing Legend Coming To Chatham

Anyone attending tonight’s 25th anniversary celebration at KAYO¬†Boxing Club in Chatham is in for a treat.

Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo is the guest speaker. Chuvalo’s opponents included George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and he twice fought Muhammad Ali.

“I’ve never been intimidated by a boxer, I’ve always been respectful of my opponents, no matter who I fought,” says Chuvalo. “If it was the best fighter I ever fought or the worst fighter I ever fought, I always had respect for the other guy, because you have to respect somebody who goes into the ring and takes a chance on getting knocked out.”

Chuvalo boxed professionally from 1956-1978, was a Canadian heavyweight champ for 17 years, and was never knocked down in 93 fights. The champ also fought battles outside of the ring, with his wife comitting suicide, and of their four sons and one daughter, one boy took his own life while two others died of heroin overdoses.

The Kent Athletic Youth Organization (KAYO) Boxing Club event is being held at the WISH Centre and will feature a full card of fights.