Joe Frazier vs. Jerry Quarry (1st meeting)

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1969-06-23 : Joe Frazier 203½ lbs beat Jerry Quarry 198½ lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 7 of 15


  • The fight was recognized as a world title fight by New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, and Texas, as well as Mexico and Argentina.
  • Frazier was a 2-1 favorite.
  • Attendance at Madison Square Garden was 16,570, and the gate was $502,518.
  • Frazier was guaranteed $250,000 against 35% of the gate and 40% of closed circuit television. Quarry got 25% of each.
  • Quarry was cut and puffed under the right eye in the third round, which led to the fight being stopped after the seventh. Quarry told the referee that he couldn't see out of his right eye.
  • Referee Arthur Mercante and judge Tony Castellano had Frazier ahead 6-1, while judge Bill Recht had him in front 5-1-1.
  • Named Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.

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