Jerry Quarry

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Jerry Quarry
Real name Jerry Quarry
Nickname(s) Irish, The Bellflower Bomber
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1945-05-15)May 15, 1945
Bakersfield, California
Died January 3, 1999(1999-01-03) (aged 53)
Templeton, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 66
Wins 53
Wins by KO 32
Losses 9
Draws 4
No contests 0

Jerry Quarry (May 15, 1945 - January 3, 1999), 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. His most famous bouts were against world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton. His professional career record of 53 wins-9 losses-4 draws included wins over some of the best heavyweights of his era, 1965-75. Quarry also had a remarkably successful amateur boxing career. Also briefly a Hollywood actor, Quarry appeared in a number of television roles, and also played a recurring character on the show Adam-12. His younger brother, Mike Quarry, was also a high-ranked contender in the light heavyweight division.


Quarry was a durable and smart counter-puncher/action fighter. He had fast hands, and had power in both hands, including an excellent left hook. He also was notable for having a remarkable chin. He was never knocked out in any of his 66 fights, though some ended early as losses. His major flaw as a fighter was a tendency to cut easily. He was also on the smaller side as a heavyweight in this era. Quarry was six feet tall (1.83 metres) and often weighed less than 200 pounds (88 kilograms) for his matches. he also had what was considered very average reach as a boxer, 72 inches. Today, he would be a cruiserweight, a division he greatly helped to inspire.

Boxing career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Quarry was the most visible member of a significant boxing family, which included three other pro boxers (his father and two brothers). Quarry's father first put gloves on his son at five years. His career, he later felt, was decided for him at a very young age. Quarry fought first as a Junior Amateur, winning his first trophies at the age of eight. Later, he contracted nephritis, a debilitating illness which idled him for years. His comeback from that illness to become a professional athlete was considered medically remarkable. Quarry came to notice by winning the 1965 National Golden Gloves championship in Kansas City at age 19. Weighing just 183 pounds, Quarry knocked out each of his five opponents in the tournament, a feat unmatched before or since in the history of the tournament.[citation needed] In the wake of that unprecedented feat, Quarry began his pro career in May 1965, winning a decision against Gene Hamilton in Los Angeles, California.


Despite starting in May, Quarry had 14 matches in 1965 to start his pro career. Many of his early career fights took place at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, where he was a popular crowd draw. Quarry supplemented meager boxing pay then by working as a tire changer at a Greyhound bus terminal. Quarry's first loss came in his 21st bout, in July, 1966, against veteran and former contender Eddie Machen in 1966. By then, he also had three draws on his record. Motivated by the loss to Machen, Quarry ran off a streak of wins over good, second-tier heavyweights and rose in the rankings.

In mid-1967, the World Boxing Association (W.B.A.) held a tournament to replace Muhammad Ali, a heavyweight champion who had been stripped of his title for refusing induction into the military after being drafted. The tournament was expanded to include eight heavyweights, and did not include Joe Frazier, who had accepted a title belt outside the WBA. When the tournament was expanded, Quarry was included. Quarry's first tournament bout was a rematch of his fourth draw fight earlier that year against former world champion Floyd Patterson. In both matches, Quarry dominated the early rounds with multiple knockdowns of Patterson, then tired and faded as the bouts concluded. He hung on a bit better in the second bout, and was given the split-decision victory. His second tournament match was against fellow Californian Thad Spencer, who was highly lauded and ranked coming into the match. Quarry dominated Spencer, and rose to national attention with the KO win. This put him in the WBA tournament final against Louisville native Jimmy Ellis. Ellis, who was coached by Ali for the bout, fought an effective evasive boxing style in the match, and defeated Quarry by a split decision. The bout is considered Quarry's first heavyweight title opportunity. After the bout, according to stories, it was found that Quarry had fought Ellis with a small bone fracture in his back. The bout with Ellis had come less than three months after the Spencer fight, also. After a layoff of six months, Quarry did return after the Ellis loss to post another streak of wins. Notable among these was a lopsided 12-round decision win over 1964 U.S. Olympian Buster Mathis. The win over the ranked Mathis positioned Quarry for his second title shot.

By then, Joe Frazier had KO'd Ellis to unify the two boxing belts. This first match against Frazier took place June, 23rd, 1969. It was Quarry's 38th pro fight, it was Frazier's 23rd pro fight. Both had turned pro in 1965. The fight was held at New York City's Madison Square Garden, which is where the Mathis fight had also been held three months earlier. That facility would be the site of a number of Quarry's fights in years to come. During this time, he called New York City his home, citing bad press he received in Los Angeles. The fight was cited later by writers and observers for it's remarkable early action. Round One was later called ' Round Of The Decade ', and the bout was later named Ring Magazine's Fight of The Year. Both boxers were very aggressive, going head-to-head in the center of the ring. Judges gave Quarry the edge in points for the first two rounds. But Quarry faded after that under the hard punches of Frazier. He was cut badly by Frazier in the third round, also, but still continued until the fight was stopped after the 7th round. He was well behind in scoring at this point. There were no knockdowns in the bout, an impressive fact given all the hard punches landed.

Returning quickly after the loss to Frazier, Quarry won two bouts before meeting Canadian George Chuvalo in December, 1969. The bout against Chuvalo, then unranked, would be the subject of controversy. Quarry easily led the bout after the first six rounds, effectively boxing the Canadian puncher. In the 7th round, Chuvalo caught Quarry with a surprise right hand that knocked the Californian off his feet. Quarry rose at the count of four, then took a knee so that he could rest while taking the rest of the ten-second count. Rising exactly at the count of ten, referee Zach Clayton ruled that Quarry was counted out. Quarry, visibly unhurt, disputed the ruling, but it was counted as a loss nonetheless.


Quarry returned quickly after the controversial loss to Chuvalo to post another streak of wins. Noteworthy among them was a 6th-round KO win over fellow Californian Mac Foster. Foster came into the bout ranked #1 with a record of 24-0, with all 24 wins by KO. Quarry was ranked #6, and weighed 195 for the bout. Foster weighed 215. It was a very impressive, dominating win by Quarry which figured to put him back in line for another title shot. At this time, exiled former champion Muhammad Ali had successfully sued to win the right to return as a professional boxer. Ali approached every one of the ten ranked heavyweights then for a match. Quarry was the only one willing to face him, and so got the nod for the first bout against Ali in his return. The bout received tremendous publicity and arguably remains today as Quarry's most famous bout. The bout took place at the City Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia on October 26, 1970. The first two rounds were very even, though Ali, looking rusty from his long layoff, had the slight edge with his long jabs. In the third round, Quarry was badly cut. Though he argued to continue, the ring doctor ended the bout at the end of the 3rd round as a technical KO. Quarry disputed the decision and demanded a rematch against Ali, which he would later receive.

Following the loss to Ali, Quarry had his second six-month layoff. He focused on television roles during this period, appearing on a number of television shows. In June, 1971, he returned to start another streak of wins. Noteworthy among them was a revenge of his earlier draw against tall Tony Doyle at the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with a lopsided decision. He then KO'd British and European champion Jack Bodell in the first round. That fight was held in London. His second fight there during this streak was against Larry Middleton. Middleton was the kind of tall, quick boxer with long reach who often gave Quarry trouble in bouts. Quarry won a very narrow, controversial decision against Middleton. By then, Quarry had lobbied long and hard for a rematch against Ali. He finally was allowed that rematch a month after the Middleton bout. The second bout against Ali, no longer champion at this point, took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 27, 1972. Their match was the headlining bout of a fight card that Ali's manager, Don King , had put together. It was called " The Soul Brothers Versus The Quarry Brothers ", with King citing the racial differences between his black fighters and the white Quarrys. In an earlier bout, Jerry's brother Mike, a high-ranked light heavyweight contender was KO'd by light heavyweight champion Bob Foster. Ali weighed 216 for their bout, Quarry 198. The bout was eventful. Ali showed open disrespect for Quarry, who at one point lifted Ali over his head and nearly threw Ali out of the ring before he was stopped. As the bout continued, Ali dominated with long jabs and reach against the clearly smaller Quarry. Quarry, though, never went down in the bout, and even rallied in the 6th despite another cut, embarrassing Ali. The cut, though, was bad enough that the bout was stopped in the very next round. The bout was a difficult night for the Quarry family in general, who were the object of racial insults from black fight fans and Ali / King supporters. This Ali bout magnified for observers the racial overtones that existed throughout Quarry's career. Greatly supported by white Americans, he had been called a ' white hope ', or " The Great White Hope ". He was also therefore derided by many black American boxing fans of the era for the same reason.

That racially-inflamed loss to Ali behind him, Quarry, now managed by Gil Clancy, bounced back to post yet another streak of impressive wins. He seemed to mature as a fighter here, and 1973 was perhaps his greatest year as a heavyweight. After defeating 21-2 Randy Neumann in January, Quarry was placed into a bout similar to his previous Mac Foster match, as a ranked tune-up for a higher ranked contender. Ron Lyle was 19-0 with 17 knockouts, and the tough ex-convict was in line for a title shot when he met Quarry in February. The 6' 3 Lyle weighed 219 for the bout, Quarry 200. Despite trailing early on, Quarry took control of the fight in the middle rounds and, in perhaps his best performance, thoroughly outboxed Lyle for a lopsided 12-round decision win. During this time, Quarry also got a chance to show off his overall athletic ability. On the ABC television show " The Superstars ", Quarry was invited to compete against other heavyweight boxers in the series of athletic contests the show was known for. Winning that competition, he qualified for the Superstars final that year, and finished fourth to three NFL football players, an impressive showing. Noteworthy in those performances was his impressive ability to hit a baseball. Two wins later, Don King brought in Quarry in to meet hard-punching Earnie Shavers in December. Shavers was 46-2 with 44 KOs. In another bout filled with the same racial overtones as the second Ali bout, Quarry surprised Shavers by landing a big punch in the 1st round and followed that up to win a stunning first-round KO win. The incensed King reportedly left Shavers in the ring and tore up his contract to manage him. Heavyweight champion George Foreman was in attendance, and negotiations for a title bout were already in motion for mid-1974. After the Shavers bout, Foreman reportedly backed away from that proposed bout.[1] He later claimed to have dodged Quarry, who he never formally met in the ring. Quarry later claimed to be ' locked out ' of big-opportunity fights in 1974 by King, and found himself desperately looking for quality opponents that might get him a title shot. In June, 1974, he agreed to rematch Joe Frazier. Quarry was the same size as at their first bout, but Frazier, now 212 pounds, was bigger. Quarry attempted to box Frazier this time, and again did well early. But Frazier again began to connect hard in the 3rd round. Quarry was again beginning to fade when Frazier hit him hard to the body after the bell to end the 4th round. Quarry was visibly injured by the blow, which was likely unintentional, but tried unsuccessfully to continue. The fight, refereed by an unsure Joe Louis, was stopped after the 5th round. Louis never refereed another fight. [2]

Quarry had by now entered a phase of his career where he was declining, but was still a talented big-name that could attract crowds. He had made millions in the ring without ever being champion at a time when few had ever made that much money in boxing. He continued his television acting work, and had by now briefly helped road-manage the rock band Three Dog Night. After a win in February, 1975, Quarry begged to put in line for a fight with contender Ken Norton. When first choices Oscar Bonavena and Jimmy Young bowed out with injuries, Quarry was placed into the Norton bout on 18 days notice. Norton had been training for five months. The Norton fight was Quarry's 62nd pro fight. Norton, who was about the same age as Quarry, was 32-3. The 6' 3 Norton weighed 218 for the bout, Quarry 207 with little training before hand. Clancy refused to manage him for the bout. The fight took place March 24, 1975. The fight was a war of hard punches, with Norton connecting well early. Quarry was cut in the 3rd round, and attacked Norton so that he would have a chance to win before the fight was stopped. Norton survived a tough Quarry attack and the fight was stopped after the 5th round. This loss ended the prime years of Quarry's career, but sadly would not be his last pro fight.


Quarry retired for over two and a half years after the Norton fight. His career record was at 50-8-4 at this time, with 32 wins by KO. He had two losses each to Frazier and Ali plus one apiece to Norton, Chuvalo, Ellis and Machen to this point. He had been ranked as high as the #1 contender three times. Well-paid and very popular, it was an outstanding boxing career to this point. Arguably, Hall Of Fame caliber. At around this time, Quarry signed a contract with ABC ( American Broadcasting Corporation ) to be a boxing commentator. Quarry was very popular in this position, drawing the ire of Howard Cosell, an ABC commentator being pushed out of some work by Quarry. In mid-1977, a return match was being put together which would put Quarry in against a ranked heavyweight. The ranked heavyweight would be Italian Lorenzo Zanon. The match was to be televised on ABC, where Quarry was contracted. But both fighters signed to have the bout televised on CBS ( Columbia Broadcasting System ). When Quarry, who often negotiated his own fight contracts, signed the bout to CBS, he lost his ABC contract. The comeback match took place in November 1977, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Quarry, weighing 209, looked slow and was clearly outboxed over seven rounds by Zanon. But Quarry caught him with a hard right in the 8th round, and won the fight by KO in the 9th. Despite winning, it was a poor performance, and Quarry retired again afterward, this time for almost six years.

During those years, Quarry was married and divorced twice. He also lost a great deal of his fortune in failed business investments. No longer doing television work, he decided to return to the ring. With the Cruiserweight division now created, Quarry returned in that weight class. When he returned in August, 1983, he was 38 years old, and had been inspired by a similar late-career comeback by George Foreman. Though appearing to be in good health, Quarry was in fact already beginning to show the effects of his lengthy boxing career. A Sports Illustrated reporter was researching an article about health problems among retired boxers, especially among those who started as child boxers. The reporter met Quarry, and although he appeared to be in good health, Quarry's performance on several simple cognitive tests was shockingly poor.[3] This was the harbinger of the mental decline that would eventually destroy the last part of his life - dementia pugilistica, the atrophy of the brain from repeated blows to the head, eventually leading to an Alzheimer's-like state. A 1983 CT scan of Quarry's brain done for the article and confidently agreed to by him, showed classic evidence of brain atrophy, including the characteristic cavum septi pellucidi found in many boxers with long careers. Despite these developing facts, Quarry had two wins in 1983, but the fights accelerated his mental decline. He retired again and was inactive as a boxer from 1984 to 1992, but Quarry continued to decline physically and mentally. His entire boxing fortune completely gone by 1990, Quarry filed for Social Security at age 45. Denied a boxing license in any states because of his condition, Quarry found a loophole in Colorado[citation needed] that allowed him to schedule an October 30, 1992 bout with Ron Cramner, a cruiserweight 16 years Quarry's junior. At age 47 years and 6 months old, Quarry provided nothing more than a 6 round punching bag for the younger fighter, losing all six rounds and the decision. Only Quarry's courage and great chin let him last the full 6 rounds. Quarry was never the same after that fight.

Physical and mental decline[edit]

Within a few years of his final bout, Quarry was unable to feed or dress himself and had to be cared for by relatives, mainly his brother James - the only one of the four Quarry brothers not to box professionally. Jerry's brother, Mike, who had contended for the light-heavyweight championship, was himself beginning to show signs of pugilistic dementia in later life and died as a result on June 11, 2006. Another brother, Bobby, suffers from Parkinson's disease, believed to be the result of his own, less-heralded heavyweight boxing career.

Jerry Quarry was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. A TV documentary showed he seemed barely aware of the proceedings, the dementia he suffered now severe. Quarry was hospitalized with pneumonia on December 28, 1998 and then suffered cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness and died on January 3, 1999. He is interred at Shafter Cemetery in Shafter, California. A foundation was established in his honor to battle boxing-related dementia, a condition that has afflicted many boxers and brought Quarry's life to an early end. Years later, Quarry still has a large and loyal legion of fans.


Quarry's overall professional record was 53-9-4 with 32 KOs. He had been lauded by countless younger boxing stars as an inspiring star in the sport. Said Joe Frazier, in his autobiography, of Quarry: "A very tough man. He could have been a world champion, but he cut too easily." George Foreman has also similarly lauded Quarry. Quarry fought in what has been called " The Golden Age Of Heavyweight Boxing ", where the talent level of the sport and it's level of national interest were at a peak. The sport of boxing, and the heavyweight division in particular, have generally declined in interest within the following decades. This is at least partly due to the number of injuries and illnesses that are associated with the sport. Quarry, Muhammad Ali and others notable boxing stars were and are debilitated figures in their post-career lives. This does not stop many even today, though, from fondly recalling Quarry as a star of his time.

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (32 knockouts, 11 decisions), 9 Losses (6 knockouts, 3 decision), 4 Draws [4]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 53-9-4 United States Ron Cranmer UD 6 30/10/1992 Colorado Aurora, Colorado, United States At 47, Quarry's legs were there, but after 9 years of inactivity, his skills were only memories as his reflexes were shot. Jerry took a jab beating from Cranmer, in this, his final comeback, fought at the cruiserweight limit. Inspired by Foreman's comeback.
Win 53-8-4 United States James Williams MD 10 22/11/1983 California Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, California, United States
Win 52-8-4 Mexico Lupe Guerra TKO 1 (10) 31/08/1983 New Mexico Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Quarry raced across the ring and decked Guerra with the 1st punch he threw-his trademark left hook. Guerra got up, whereupon Quarry threw and landed a 3 punch combination and down went Guerra again. Guerra's corner then threw in the towel and the referee stopped the contest without bothering to count.
Win 51-8-4 Italy Lorenzo Zanon TKO 9 (10) 05/11/1977 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Zanon won every round on the officials scorecards until the 8th.
Loss 50-8-4 United States Ken Norton TKO 5 (12) 24/03/1975 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For vacant NABF Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated by Muhammad Ali to challenge George Foreman for the WBC and WBA Heavyweight titles.
Win 50-7-4 United States George Johnson UD 10 25/02/1975 Hawaii International Center Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 49-7-4 United States Joe Frazier TKO 5 (10) 17/06/1974 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 49-6-4 United States Joe Alexander KO 2 (10) 08/05/1974 New York Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, United States Quarry knocked down in the 1st. Alexander down twice in the 2nd.
Win 48-6-4 United States Earnie Shavers TKO 1 (10) 14/12/1973 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States A minute and a half into the round Jerry caught him with a tremendous left and dropped him with a following right. Shavers barely beat the count and Quarry immediately swarmed all over him. Referee Arthur Mercante called a halt at 2:21 of the 1st round.
Win 47-6-4 United States Tony Doyle TKO 4 (10) 10/09/1973 California Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 46-6-4 United States James J Woody TKO 2 (10) 31/08/1973 Nevada Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Woody down three times in the 2nd round, and the 3 knockdown rule was in effect to stop the fight.
Win 45-6-4 United States Ron Lyle UD 12 09/02/1973 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States A short right hand in the 5th round caught Lyle on the chin and made his knees wobble. But there were only 30 seconds left and Lyle was able to survive the assault. In the 8th Quarry landed a looping left hook that caught Lyle by surprise and sent him staggering up against the ropes, but again Lyle made it through the round.
Win 44-6-4 United States Randy Neumann TKO 7 (10) 09/02/1973 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Quarry softened up Neumann with hard body blows early in the fight then finished his opponent with a two-fisted attack to the head that forced ring physician, Dr. Edwin Campbell, to stop the bout before the bell sounded for the 8th round.
Loss 43-6-4 United States Muhammad Ali TKO 7 (12) 27/06/1972 Nevada Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 43-5-4 United States Larry Middleton PTS 10 09/05/1972 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom Quarry's fitness and strength carried him through in the end, but Middleton's long reach caused him a lot of trouble. In the early rounds Middleton held his opponent off with long left hands. By the middle of the fight Quarry got his booming counter-punching going and punished Middleton severely to the body.
Win 42-5-4 Argentina Eduardo Corletti KO 1 (10) 17/04/1972 California Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Corletti was knocked down twice.
Win 41-5-4 United States Lou Bailey UD 10 02/12/1971 Iowa Des Moines, Iowa, United States Quarry knocked Bailey down 6 times in the featured event, but failed to get a knockout. Quarry sent Bailey down twice in the opening round, three times in the 2nd and once in the 3rd.
Win 40-5-4 United Kingdom Jack Bodell KO 1 (10) 16/11/1971 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom Bodell attacked Quarry from the start, and showed a desire to brawl. Quarry, however, noticed Bodell swinging widely, and counterpunched Bodell hard enough for Bodell to go down and get back up. Quarry capitalized with a lightning fast counter right hook over the top that finished Bodell.
Win 39-5-4 United States Tony Doyle UD 10 24/07/1971 Wisconsin Playboy Club Hotel, Wembley, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States
Win 38-5-4 United States Dick Gosha UD 10 18/06/1971 Washington (state) Ocean Shores, Washington, United States
Loss 37-5-4 United States Muhammad Ali TKO 3 (15) 26/10/1970 Georgia (U.S. state) City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, United States Fight stopped due to Quarry cut.
Win 37-4-4 Jamaica Stamford Harris TKO 6 (10) 08/09/1970 Florida Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 36-4-4 United States Mac Foster KO 6 (10) 17/06/1970 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Quarry broke Foster down with many left hooks to the body in round 5. He sent him sprawling in 6, and after a right cross to the head sent Foster through the ropes, the referee stopped it without a count.
Win 35-4-4 United States George Johnson UD 10 19/03/1970 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 34-4-4 United States Rufus Brassell KO 2 (10) 03/03/1970 Florida Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States Quarry was knocked down by a punch after the bell to end the 1st round.
Loss 33-4-4 Canada George Chuvalo KO 7 (10) 12/12/1969 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States In round 7 Quarry was knocked down by a left hook on the top of the head. He rose at the count of 3, but decided to take a knee, he got up at the count of 10 instead of 9 and referee Zach Clayton declared the fight over at 2:59.
Win 33-3-4 United Kingdom Brian London KO 2 (10) 03/09/1969 California Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, United States London was knocked down twice in the 2nd round.
Win 32-3-4 United States Johnny Carroll KO 1 (10) 11/08/1969 Minnesota Aldrich Arena, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States Carroll down 3 times.
Loss 31-3-4 United States Joe Frazier TKO 7 (15) 23/06/1969 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For NYSAC World heavyweight title. In between rounds 7 and 8 the referee stops the fight because of the bad cut to Quarry's eye. 1969 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win 31-2-4 United States Buster Mathis UD 12 24/03/1969 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Mathis was knocked down in the 2nd round. Quarry showed complete contempt for Mathis' punching power. He walked right in and dug searing hooks and solid rights to Buster's belly and ribs.
Win 30-2-4 United States Aaron Eastling TKO 5 (10) 26/01/1969 Ohio Memorial Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, United States Eastling dropped twice in the 4th.
Win 29-2-4 United States Charlie Reno TKO 5 (10) 10/01/1969 Washington (state) Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, United States Reno received one standing-eight count in the 5th round.
Win 28-2-4 United States Willis Earls UD 10 19/11/1968 Texas Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 27-2-4 United States Bob Mumford TKO 5 (10) 11/11/1968 Arizona Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 26-2-4 United States Jimmy Ellis MD 15 27/04/1968 California Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, United States For vacant WBA World Heavyweight title.
Win 26-1-4 United States Thad Spencer TKO 12 (12) 03/02/1968 California Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, United States WBA Heavyweight elimination tournament. Spencer was knocked down in the 4th and 10th rounds.
Win 25-1-4 United States Floyd Patterson MD 12 28/10/1967 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Elimination tournament for WBA Heavyweight title. Quarry dropped Patterson with short rights to the head in the 2nd and 4th rounds. But he had to battle to hold his own in the late rounds as Patterson appeared to get stronger and take charge of the fiercely contested bout.
Win 24-1-4 United States Billy Daniels KO 1 (10) 15/09/1967 California Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States
Draw 23-1-4 United States Floyd Patterson MD 10 09/06/1967 California Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, United States Patterson down twice in the 2nd, Quarry down in the 7th.
Win 23-1-3 Argentina Alex Miteff KO 3 (10) 27/04/1967 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 22-1-3 United Kingdom Brian London UD 10 09/03/1967 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 21-1-3 United States Memphis Al Jones KO 5 (10) 11/01/1967 California Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, United States Quarry was knocked down twice in the 3rd round.
Win 20-1-3 United States Joey Orbillo UD 10 15/12/1966 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Orbillo was knocked down in the 4th round for a nine-count.
Win 19-1-3 Canada Leslie Borden KO 5 (10) 29/11/1966 California Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills, California, United States
Win 18-1-3 United States Bill Nielsen UD 10 20/10/1966 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 17-1-3 United States Eddie Machen UD 10 14/07/1966 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Machen seemed to hold Quarry, and his vaunted left hook in disdain and occasionally smirked, smiled and even laughed at his rather awkward young opponent. Machen paraded around the ring even before the verdict was announced.
Draw 17-0-3 United States Tony Alongi PTS 10 27/05/1966 California Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 17-0-2 United States Memphis Al Jones UD 10 27/05/1966 Missouri Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 16-0-2 United States George Johnson TKO 2 (10) 07/04/1966 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Johnson was knocked down in the 2nd round.
Draw 15-0-2 United States Tony Alongi PTS 10 04/03/1966 New York Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Alongi was knocked down in the 7th. The judge Artie Aidala scored the bout 5-5 in rounds, but favored Quarry in supplemental scoring.
Win 15-0-1 United States Prentice Snipes KO 5 (10) 17/02/1966 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Snipes was knocked down twice in the 5th round.
Win 14-0-1 United States Eddie Land UD 8 03/02/1966 Nevada Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13-0-1 United States Roy Crear TKO 3 (10) 23/12/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Draw 12-0-1 United States Tony Doyle PTS 10 11/11/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Doyle was knocked down in the 4th round for a five count.
Win 12–0 United States Roy Crear TKO 3 (10) 02/11/1965 Texas Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, United States Quarry was knocked down in the 2nd round. Los Angeles Times.
Win 11–0 United States Al Carter TKO 6 (8) 28/10/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Carter was knocked down in the 6th round.
Win 10–0 United States Milton Manley KO 1 (8) 13/10/1965 Kansas Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 9–0 United States Ray Junior Ellis KO 3 (6) 23/09/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 8–0 United States John Henry Jackson PTS 8 09/08/1965 Kansas Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 7–0 United States JP Spencer TKO 4 (8) 02/08/1965 Nevada Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 United States Ray Junior Ellis UD 6 29/07/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 5–0 United States Willie Davis KO 3 (6) 16/07/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 4–0 United States Dave Centi UD 6 24/06/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Centi was knocked down in the 2nd round.
Win 3–0 United States Lance Holmberg PTS 6 17/06/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–0 United States John Henry Jackson KO 4 (6) 03/06/1965 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 United States Gene Hamilton PTS 4 07/05/1965 California Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, United States Pro debut for Quarry.


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