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I knew Jerry and Mike at the end of their lives. What a terrible waste of wonderful, caring, compassionate men. Jimmy did all he could to care for Jerry, and Mike’s wife (Ellen) stood by him until the end. I wish I had known all the Quarry brothers in their earlier careers, but then again, seeing the devastation of their lives might have been more heart-breaking.
A neighbor of mine, Odell, stopped by my garage when I was hitting the heavy bag one day about 10 years ago. He related to me, that he used to box also, and that he was a sparring partner for Jerry Quarry. He was a little surprised that I knew quite a bit about Jerry and Mike as far as their fights were concerned. He thought I was a lot younger than I am. He related that he fought as an amateur on some of Jerry’s cards at the Olympic Auditorium. Back in the 60’s they had mixed pro/amateur fight cards at the Olympic. He was saddened to hear that Jerry had passed away in the manner he did and the fact that Mike wasn’t in much better shape at that time. He shared a lot of sparring session stories with me about how tough Jerry was and the fact he got hit a lot in the gym. Your body can only take so much punishment and abuse. RIP Brothers!!!!
Irish - Jerry was definitely a warrior as well as an excellent boxer and strong puncher. Those who want to watch him at his peak can look at videos here of his victories of Mac Foster, Ron Lyle, and Earnie Shavers.
Eric-Great analysis as always….but the truth as I see It is this….there were only two that Jerry couldn’t defeat….Ali and Frazier….and that speaks volumes…he is one of the most undervalued and underrated fighters in modern times..
George Thomas Clark-Back in the late sixties the LA Herald Examiner ran a blown up full page photo of Jerry in his corner with Johnny Flores leaning over his shoulder….it may have been taken between rounds in one of the Patterson fights. The picture clearly showed a fighter who not only was ready and willing but was in fact eager to fight…..not unlike so many of the great Mexican fighters who were campaigning in Southern California at the time. This is how I choose to remember Jerry.
If Quarry had started a decade earlier he would have been heavyweight champion until Sonny Liston came along. Quarry would’ve have done extremely well in the Marciano era as well. I don’t see Quarry beating Marciano but I could very well see Quarry beating a 37 year old Joe Louis, a 38 year old Jersey Joe Walcott, and a 32-33 year old Ezzard Charles, and a 39-42 year old Archie Moore, if the right Quarry showed up. The enigmatic Quarry lost some fights he should have won and won some fights he wasn’t supposed to win. Quarry was supposed to be a sacrificial lamb for the much larger sluggers Ron Lyle & Mac Foster, Quarry handled both rather easily, winning an easy decision over Lyle, and knocking out the unbeaten Foster. However, Quarry would drop a decision to Jimmy Ellis in the WBA heavyweight title bout, and go on to suffer a controversial knockout loss to heavyweight gatekeeper, George Chuvalo. So it might be safe to assume Louis, Walcott, Charles, or Moore might catch Quarry on one of those “off nights” just as easily as catching Quarry on one of his brilliant nights.
Thing about Jerry is that he somehow got into the hearts of so many scribes. Might have had something to do with his Southern Cali aura or maybe his tough family (aka Okie) background. or maybe his getting the most out of every 24 hours.
The thing was, he was a very smart guy before the dreaded fog arrived; he knew what he was about and he was very articulate——-and then…
If ever there was grist for a movie, it’s in the life and death of Jerry Quarry.
George Thomas Clark-You had it right…it was the Quarry Brothers versus….which reminds me…. there are many on this site that sing the praises of George Chuvalo and rightly so….but the ten count on Malik Scott was nothing compared to hose job of a count Jerry got that night in the Garden.
George Thomas Clark-I believe it was billed as the Soul Brothers versus the something or other brothers….anyway the next afternoon after the fights I was playing Keno across the Strip at The Flamingo I believe it was….hungover and totally bummed because for me at the time boxing began and ended with Jerry…when behind me I heard uproarious laughter….so loud that I turned and looked…it was Jerry laughing and I was dumbfounded at the time and remain so to this day by the incongruity of it all.