So boxing legend George Chuvalo was at Ticats practice on Wednesday, an invited guest of Angelo Mosca.
I introduced myself to Chuvalo – I mean, the man fought Muhammad Ali – and then asked Mosca how the two of them met. I’m going to let Ang take it from here…
It was over 50 years ago, in Montreal. I see him walking across the street and I call out ‘Hey Chuvalo, you’re a hell of a baseball player!
He looks over at me and says ‘What’d you say?’
I said ‘you’re a hell of a baseball player?’
And he goes, ‘what the [expletive] did you say?’
I said, ‘seeing as you catch so many punches, I figured you was a baseball player.’
Then he laughed. We’ve been friends ever since.
Mosca laughed as he told this story. Chuvalo laughed when Ang was finished.
Then they went back to watching practice, just two old fighters sitting in the sun.