A testament to how absolutely brutal and savage Chuvalo, and cemented him as a heavyweight contender is his fight in ’63 in Ali’s hometown, against Mike DeJohn. Chuvalo came out swinging and after one round, DeJohn was against the ropes, and viewers saw the Canadian pummel him unconscious. But the fight didn’t stop. This was the #6 fighter in the world, and Chuvalo took him down. Ali had a contract to fight the winner of this fight, but he wasn’t a masochist. He wasn’t ready for Chuvalo, yet. He bowed out. You can see that fight above or HERE!
In the meantime, Chuvalo was looking to take the Heavyweight title from Ali.
In ’65 he took on Floyd Patterson. While he lost that fight, it was considered one of the greatest fights of 1965, and cemented Chuvalo as a Heavyweight contender.