1999 – Death of boxer, ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry.

It’s not that great fighters don’t know when to quit; they just don’t know how. It’s not in them, and that’s what makes them great.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Jerry Quarry, nicknamed ‘Irish’ or ‘The Bellflower Bomber,’ was an American heavyweight boxer. Quarry was rated by Ring Magazine as the most popular fighter in the sport, from 1968–1971, during the peak of his career, partly because he was promoted as the ‘Great White Hope.’

Quarry was a durable and smart counter-puncher/action fighter, often noted for his surprising agility in the ring. He had fast hands, an excellent left hook, and punched well with both hands. He also had a remarkable chin, although his major flaw was a tendency to cut easily and the bad luck to box in the era of Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Patterson and Norton. He was six feet (1.83 metres) tall and weighed 195-pounds (88 kilograms) in his prime, which whilst comparable to many heavyweight boxers then, still put him on the slightly smaller side of the division. He would today be considered cruiser-weight.

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2 Responses to 1999 – Death of boxer, ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry.

  1. He died of dementia pugilistica at 43… that alone tells you how lethal boxing is! Very sad.

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    • oglach says:

      It is very sad; I can’t stop watching videos of him shortly before his death, not able to remember who he was, what he did…and he’s not the only one. The after-effects of boxing creep up on you after time. But it’s hard to let it go. You keep asking yourself; “Do I have just one more fight in me?” I wish I’d seen what happened to Quarry when I was younger.

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