49 Years Ago Today Joe Frazier vs. Jerry Quarry I – It truly was a classic and deservedly won Ring Magazine’s “Fight Of The Year.” On Monday night June 23, 1969 Joe Frazier was the man in the heavyweight division. For Frazier, Quarry would be the fourth contender he would defend his heavyweight title against since knocking out undefeated Buster Mathis to win it a little over a year earlier.
In his last fight three months before meeting Frazier, Quarry won a unanimous decision over Buster Mathis who’d only been bested by Frazier up to that point in his career.
Frazier-Quarry I was an outstanding action-packed fight. The first round is one of the most fierce rounds you’ll ever see between two heavyweights. For the first three rounds while Quarry was fresh, he hung right in there with Frazier. The difference being Frazier was a little stronger than Quarry and was more loose and relaxed when he threw his punches. In the early going Quarry proved he could stay with Frazier, he just couldn’t stay with him the whole fight.
In this segment our boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo talks about this classic fight.
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By Johan Barboza