Boxing Legends Tour at Hotel Le Crystal this March
Boxing Legends Tour – Everyone that walks the earth has their own journey ahead of them, and sometimes those travels start in hardship but through hard work, determination and maybe a little luck, can lead to triumph. They say legends inspire legends. That a properly motivated person can go on to achieve almost anything. On March 22nd, Montreal Boxing Legends Tour will host five legends of boxing, for an evening of tales and stories that are guaranteed to provide the aforementioned inspiration.
For the boxing fan as well as the next person. Transcending sport or battles waged in a ring; these are tales of the trials and tribulations of five lives and the hurdles that were overcome along the way. Triumphs over adversity.
Two of the five speakers will surely have a lot of great memories associated with there passage to Montreal; as it was here during the 1976 Olympic games that Leon Spinks and his brother Michael Spinks both won gold medals, propelling them both towards fantastic professional careers. Leon made sports history on the 15th February, 1978, when he defeated the greatest boxer of all time, the late great Muhammad Ali, becoming champion. Michael Spinks was also a world champion, and the first boxer to hold both light heavyweight and heavyweight titles after defeating the previously unbeaten Larry Holmes. Michael Spinks only ever lost one fight in his professional career, succumbing to “Iron” Mike Tyson in what would be the final bout for “The Spinx Jinx”.
Two are among the greatest Canadians to ever enter a boxing ring; Winnipeg’s Donny Lalonde and Toronto’s George Chuvalo. Lalonde is the epitome of Canadian grit, having won the Canadian light heavyweight championship despite an injury to the knuckles on his right hand, and a reoccurring shoulder injury as a result of crashing into the boards while playing hockey. The left shoulder would be a cause for concern during his entire career, but didn’t prevent him from becoming the first Canadian light heavyweight champion in over a century, when he defeated Eddie Davis in 1987. Chuvalo, was never once knocked off his feet in 93 professional bouts, and he fought the greatest fighters of his time, including Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Floyd Patterson. Talk about a diamond chin.
Last but most certainly not least, is Earnie Shavers, the man boxing expects claim had the hardest punch of all-time. He stopped an astonishing 50 opponents in three rounds or less; 24 in the very first round. Now at 72 years of age, his wisdom and post-boxing career as a motivational speaker are perhaps highlights on the night. As the song implies, time waits for no man, and these men may not ever tour again. This could well be a once in a lifetime chance for some seriously inspiring yarns, and whether you’re a boxing fan or not, an opportunity to walk away energized to go out and achieve your goals is not something to scoff at. Quite simply put – you don’t become champion without hardship. You don’t rise to the top of whatever it is you do, without some form of adversity; and with all the hardships and tribulations we all face, hearing how these five greats overcame it all on the way to the top, is knowledge beyond comprehension.
Tickets for the Montreal stop of the tour can be obtained at from Chris Schaefer, himself a former professional boxer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the events page, located at https://www.picatic.com/boxinglegendsmontreal .
The tour also makes stops in Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Halifax. There is a meet and greet dinner option to obtain an autograph and personal photograph with each one of these Legends. To top off the evening there will be a chance to view the boxers Championship Belts up-close and entertainment from The Donna Summer Experience, a tribute to the Queen of Disco herself.
By: Kieron Yates – mtltimes.ca
Feature photo: Leon Spinks – Olympic Gold Medalist Montreal 1976 and became World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Muhammad Ali in only his eighth professional bout.