Jerry Quarry vs. Earnie Shavers

By Boxing News on July 4, 2014
Jerry Quarry vs. Earnie Shavers
Jerry Quarry was 47-6-4. Shavers was 45-2 and looking to flatten another opponent.

On Dec. 14, 1973, heavyweights Jerry Quarry and Earnie Shavers got it on at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Quarry, born in Bakersfield, California, but fighting out of L.A., was on the downside of his hit or miss career. Shavers, from Warren, Ohio by way of Garland, Alabama, was still pounding his way through the heavyweight ranks. Going into the fight, Quarry was 47-6-4. KO King Shavers was 45-2 and looking to add another scalp to his growing collection. The fight was scheduled for 15 rounds…

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  1. Tex Hassler 12:32pm, 03/17/2013

    No doubt that if Quarry had fought in a different era that he might have been a champion. He was a great fighter with loads of power as Shavers found out. Jerry would be a champion if he was in his prime today.

  2. nicolas 02:38am, 03/15/2013

    Eric makes a very good point about what if Norton had fought Quarry a few years earlier. I believe that Quarry had these great abilities to come back from defeats, but I believe that the second Frazier fight may have ended it for him. I think that you can only come back so much, and when he lost to Frazier, perhaps the idea that he could be a world champion one day ended. This is also when Norton got to fight him, and I think Norton’s victory over Quarry is not so significant as some might think.

  3. Eric 02:25pm, 03/14/2013

    Always have to wonder how Quarry would have fared in the Marciano & early Patterson eras when heavyweights were a smaller less threatening breed. Unfortunately, many only remember the fights Quarry would lose to Frazier, Ali, and later on to Norton. No shame in the losses to the legendary Frazier and Ali, and Quarry was overweight and shot by the time he fought Norton. Flabby, and undertrained, Quarry still had his moments in the Norton fight and you have to wonder if the outcome would have been different if they had fought a few years earlier. Quarry would beat some good fighters like Shavers, Lyle, Mac Foster, Mathis, Patterson, Thad Spencer, etc. More than likely a completely healthy Quarry would’ve beaten Jimmy Ellis for the WBA title. Even a less than 100% Quarry made the fight with Ellis close and lost by a very narrow margin.

  4. the thresher 06:52am, 03/14/2013

    How great was that!!

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