Bobby Quarry

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Robert Quarry
Statistics
Real name Robert Neil Quarry
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Nationality United States
Born (1962-11-20) November 20, 1962 (age 54)
Lynwood, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 9
Wins by KO 6
Losses 12
Draws 2
No contests 0

Robert Neil Quarry (Bobby) is the youngest brother of Jerry and Mike Quarry.

Bobby Quarry was born in Lynwood, California on November 11, 1962, and is the last surviving brother of the four Quarry brothers, three of whom were noted boxers.

He began boxing professionally in 1982. Bobby Quarry's biggest bout was in the early 1990s, when he faced Tommy Morrison in a Las Vegas match that was televised on ESPN. Quarry was cut on the chin and knocked out by a Morrison right hand at 1:34 of the second round, the count reaching three with Quarry on his back before referee Richard Steele called a halt to the contest.[1] Bobby had hoped to upset Morrison, as the fight was Morrison's first comeback bout after getting knocked out by WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer less than four months earlier. Bobby carelessly dropped his guard, and Morrison took advantage and knocked him out with a free head shot.

Unfortunately, like his brothers, Bobby suffers from Parkinson's disease, caused by an accumulation of punches to the head, side effects of which were evident in Bobby by age 32.[2] In contrast to his brothers, Bobby did not enjoy much success in the ring. His career professional boxing record was a mediocre 9-12-2. He won only one of his last nine bouts, a televised victory over Dave Kilgour. The win was a poorly engineered TV mismatch with Quarry weight 222 1/2 and Kilgour 194. Kilgour would be, in fact a cruiserweight, a lower division, in modern boxing, but at the time, boxers that weighted over 190 pounds were considered Heavyweights. After consecutive knockout losses to David Dixon, Rocky Pepeli, the loss to future world champion Tommy Morrison (on ESPN in Las Vegas), and Jimmy Ellis Jr., Bobby was retired due to his deteriorating state at age 29.

Quarry later returned to school with the goal of becoming a sports reporter, and had a brief television career as a sports commentator and reporter. He subsequently did time for grand theft at Folsom Prison for possession of stolen property, from which he had to be released on furlough to attend his brother Mike Quarry's funeral.

Legacy[edit]

As Bobby was the least popular of the fighting Quarry brothers, not many of his professional bouts were either seen by the general public or even filmed. Two televised rare Bobby Quarry bouts can still be found online, though.

  • Tommy Morrison versus Bobby Quarry heavyweight bout, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 16, 1992, Quarry lost in second round [3]
  • David Kilgour versus Bobby Quarry heavyweight bout, Inglewood, California, January 28, 1991. Quarry won in third round [4] click on video on left. Requires RealPlayer software.

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