Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
- Reading age: 12 to 18
George Chuvalo only wanted one thing: to become a boxer. When Chuvalo stepped into the ring, he was fearless. In ninety-three professional fights between 1956 and 1979, boxing everyone from George Foreman to Muhammad Ali, he was never once knocked out. But this heavyweight boxing legend never had it easy. After losing many loved ones to drugs, Chuvalo has also become a role model out of the ring by speaking out and fighting against addiction.
[Fry Reading Level - 4.8
About the author
Richard Brignall is a freelance writer, former newspaper sport reporter, based in Kenora, Ontario. He has over 130 articles published in magazines like Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He helped originate the Recordbooks series at James Lorimer and Company. This series focuses on Canadian sports history and issues like race, gender, disability, and poverty. He has written seven books for this series. Titles include Small Town Glory about the Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup, Forever Champions about the Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team, Big League Dreams about black baseball player Fergie Jenkins, and China Clipper about Chinese-Canadian football player Norm Kwong.
"For readers who may not have a particular interest in boxing, the story of George Chuvalo's life has more than enough drama and tragedy to make for an interesting read."
"For anyone with an interest in boxing, Fearless has many interesting details contained in text boxes imbedded within the story."
Canadian Review of Materials
"An inspirational tale of a real, down to earth Canadian."
Other titles by Richard Brignall
Champion for Health
How Clara Hughes fought depression to win Olympic gold
Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong
The Story of Kyle Unger
The Enduring Legacy of the Record-setting Edmonton Grads
Pro football's first Chinese-Canadian player, Normie Kwong
Small Town Glory
The story of the Kenora Thistles' remarkable quest for the Stanley Cup
WinnipegÕs Hockey Heritage
Summit Series '72
Eight games that put Canada on top of world hockey
Big League Dreams
Baseball Hall of Fame's first African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins
The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher