The biggest fight in Canadian boxing history happened 50 yrs ago . George Chuvalo fought “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.
The 15-round fight at Maple Leaf Gardens on March 29, 1966, transformed George Chuvalo of Toronto into a symbol of courage and determination and lifted him into the top rank of contenders during a golden age of heavyweights. George fought them all .
The fight’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated on Tuesday with a gala dinner at the Mattamy Athletics Centre, the former Maple Leaf Gardens. Many boxing celebrities will be on hand for this special event.
Johnny Devison wins split decision. Johnny Devison is the new Bantamweight Champion of Canada. October 26, 1959, Cape Breton for the first time since 1912 this community has a Canadian boxing championship, which was brought to his home town Friday by Johnny Devison, the new Canadian Bantamweight King. Not since Mickie McIntyre won the lightweight title in 1912 had a Canadian Championship been held by a Glace Bay native. The championship was vacated by the retirement of Pat Supple who has taken a position in business in Montreal. (Mickey MacIntyre is the same Mickey MacIntyre who fought World Lightweight Champion Battling Nelson to a 12-Round no-decision bout in Winnipeg July 12, 1912.)
October 28, 1960 Sydney, Nova Scotia. Johnny Devison of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia defends his Canadian Bantamweight title against former champion Marcel Gendron, Quebec City. Gendron knocks out Devison in the 7th round to reclaim the title. Marcel Gendron is again Bantamweight Champion of Canada.