Jerry Quarry vs Mac Foster – Highlights (Great Fight & KNOCKOUT)


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June 17th, 1970. 47 years ago today, two top heavyweight contenders; “The Bellflower Belter” Jerry Quarry and Mac Foster aka “Big Mac ‘The Knife” battled it out in Madison Square Garden. Prior to the main event, a special early birthday celebration was held in honor of the legendary “Manassa Mauler” Jack Dempsey. Reigning World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier presented a gift to Dempsey, who would turn 75 in 7 days.

Prefight records; Jerry Quarry 36(22)-4-4 and Mac Foster 24(24)-0.

Mac Foster is a former marine and a converted southpaw renown for his punching power, particularly his left hook which is considered to be his best weapon. He was named by The Ring as the Progress of the Year Fighter in 1969. He was also the chief sparring partner for George Foreman during his preparation for his bout against Ken Norton.

At this time, the undefeated foster had a 100% knockout ratio with notable wins over Thad Spencer & Cleveland Williams (2x).

Quarry is often considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights to never win a world title, and was known for his remarkable chin and fighting heart. Going into the fight, he had notable wins over Billy Daniels, Thad Spencer, Floyd Patterson, Buster Mathis Sr. & Brian London (2x).

It is interesting to note that Foster enjoys a significant 9” reach advantage over Quarry and was able to control the fight early with his long jab. In the 3rd round, Quarry’s left eye was swollen and his right eye cut in the 6th. However, the tide turned in the 5th round after Quarry hurt Foster with lefts to the body followed by a barrage of punches and proceeded to finish a game Foster in the next round.

After this defeat, Foster picked up a win over Zora Folley and would late enjoy limited success at top level in the next 6 years; going 6-5 with notable losses to Henry Clark, Joe Bugner, Stan Ward
and Muhammad Ali. He retired in 1976 with a record of 30(30)-6, with all his wins by knockouts.

More than half of his wins were knockouts within 3 rounds or less. In retirement, Foster became a boxing coach for youths. He passed away in July 2010 at age 68.

Quarry continued fighting till 1977 after this victory but made 2 comebacks in 1983 and 1992 before retiring with a final record of 53(32)-9-4 with notable wins against Billy Daniels, Thad Spencer, Larry Middleton, Buster Mathis Sr, Ron Lyle, Earnie Shavers, Mac Foster, Floyd Patterson & Brian London (2x).

Quarry suffered from Dementia pugilistica during retirement and passed away at 53 years of age in 2006.

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