Almost as a matter of course, whenever the phrase, “Canadian Heavyweight Champion,” comes up in conversation, the first and usually only name that pops into mind is George Louis Chuvalo, the former undisputed Canadian heavyweight champion. Chuvalo held the title for 25 years, longer than any other Canadian heavyweight, before or since. Chuvalo told me once that he loved it when announcer Johnny Addie always introduced him at Madison Square Garden as the, “King of Canada.
The most recent man to hold the Canadian heavyweight title was Neven Panjic, now retired. Panjic’s most notable fight was his three-round knockout loss to British behemoth Tyson Fury. Panjic’s claim to fame will always be that he managed to drop Fury to the mat with a thunderous overhand right.Fury then got up and stopped Panjic.