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Guest George Chuvalo

As a boxer, George was never knocked down in 93 professional fights. He was Canada's heavyweight champ for 21 years, and was ranked in the top ten in the world, longer than any heavyweight in history. In his career, George fought the best of the best, including George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Muhammad Ali, twice (both times, George went the distance, causing Ali to call George "the toughest guy I ever fought.")

Outside the ring, George has faced incredible personal tragedy. During the 80's and 90's, George lost two sons to drug overdoses, another son to suicide, and his wife to suicide, stricken with grief for her lost children.

But through it all, George never gave up on life. Instead, he started his a charity called 'Fight Against Drugs,' to educate young people about the dangers of addiction. To date, he's been to more than 300 schools and detention centres. George is also remarried, with two step children and six grandchildren. He's in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame, and for his work with youth, he's a Member of the Order of Canada.

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