This Day In Sports History (March 29th) – Ali vs. Chuvalo

It was on this day in 1966 that Muhammad Ali took on George Chuvalo at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.  Ali was the current champion, however, this fight was not for the belt as boxing politics staged the fight as a “heavyweight showdown,” even though it was scheduled for the fifteen round championship distance.

Ali would dominate much of the fight and ended up earning the judge’s decision after fifteen rounds of fighting.  This would be the first of two bouts between Ali and Chuvalo, as they would meet again six years later, this time at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Although George fought a good fight, he was once again outclassed by the great Ali, losing to him by another judge’s decision.

The UFC has taken over in recent years and the interest in boxing is nowhere near where it once was.  Much of that can be attributed to the lack of world class heavyweights like Ali, Frazier and Chuvalo these days.

Here are highlights of Ali vs. Chuvalo, Part 1.

Notable Birthdays

Cy Young, MLB – Born March 29th 1867 in Gilmore, Ohio

Earl Campbell, NFL – Born March 29th 1955 (age 57) in Tyler, Texas

Maxim Lapierre, NHL – Born March 29th 1985 (age 27) in Saint Leonard, Quebec

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