Bob Foster vs. Mike Quarry

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1972-06-27 : Bob Foster 173½ lbs beat Mike Quarry 175 lbs by KO in round 4 of 15

In a bout which can be seen on youtube, Foster chased clever 35-0 counter puncher Quarry for three rounds, who counterjabbed and moved left and right and tied Foster up wherever possible. By the fourth round, though, the fast pace had Quarry with his mouth open and visibly tired. This left him up for Foster's left, which began to land more frequently. Foster landed a right cross followed by a left hook which dropped Quarry just before the bell sounded ending the fourth round at 3:00. Quarry was down on his back and out-and got counted out. Tense moment for Foster, who had great concern for the life of his unconscious opponent after this bout ended. Mike was the brother of popular world class heavyweight contender Irish Jerry Quarry.


MIKE QUARRY'S DECLINE AFTER THE FOSTER BOUT


Quarry, who went winless in five consecutive bouts from April to November in 1973, and won only four of the last twelve bouts of his career from 1976-1982, later admitted after the loss to Foster that "I was never the same fighter again." This included losing twice to future Light Heavyweight champion Mike Rossman (a fighter Mike had beaten previously) and future contenders Alvaro Yaqui Lopez and Pete McIntyre. In addition, after the Foster fight, Quarry lost all four of the international bouts he fought outside the United States: to Tom Bogs in Denmark; to Chris Finnegan in England; to Pierre Fourie in South Africa; and to Bunny Johnson in Australia. Seven years after the death of his brother Irish Jerry Quarry to pugilistic dementia, Mike also died of the same cause and was buried next to his brother in 2006. Of the three fighting Quarry brothers, only Bobby Quarry (who had a record of 9-12-2 as a heavyweight from 1982-1992) survives.