Muhammad Ali vs. Jerry Quarry (1st meeting)

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Muhammad Ali lands a right against Jerry Quarry

1970-10-26 : Muhammad Ali 213½ lbs beat Jerry Quarry 197½ lbs by TKO in round 3 of 15


  • This was Ali's first fight in 3½ years. He was stripped of the World Heavyweight Championship and had his boxing license suspended after he refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army in 1967.
  • With the help of Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson, a fight between Ali and Quarry was arranged for October 26, 1970 in Atlanta. The bout was promoted by House of Sports, Inc., headed by Senator Johnson, and by Sports Action Inc., headed by Harold Conrad. "People think now that the Supreme Court decision is what allowed Ali to fight, but that didn't come until later," Conrad told author Thomas Hauser for his book Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times. "All it took was politics and money and three years of trying until we worked things out in Georgia."
  • Ali was guaranteed $200,000 against 42½ percent of the net income, and Quarry was guaranteed $150,000 against 22½ percent.
  • The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 206 locations in the United States and Canada. It was also beamed live to Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.
  • There was a sellout crowd of 5,100 at Atlanta's old Municipal Auditorium.
  • Quarry was the #1 heavyweight contender according to The Ring and the WBA's #3 heavyweight contender.
  • Ali opened a cut over Quarry's left eye with a right hand in the third round, which caused the fight to be stopped before the start of the fourth round. The cut required 15 stitches.

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