Jerry Quarry vs. Jimmy Ellis

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1968-04-27 : Jerry Quarry 195 lbs lost to Jimmy Ellis 197 lbs by MD in round 15 of 15

  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 8-6-1 Ellis
  • Unofficial UPI scorecard: 9-5-1 Ellis
  • Unofficial San Mateo Times scorecard: 8-6 Ellis
  • World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (Vacant Title)
  • Photo 1, Photo 2


  • This was the final fight of the WBA's eight-man heavyweight elimination tournament to crown a new champion after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title after he refused to be inducted into the United States Army.
  • Ellis was a 7-5 underdog.
  • Both Ellis and Quarry were guaranteed $125,000.
  • The fight drew an estimated 11,000 fans who paid an estimated $180,000. Promoter Don Chargin had hoped for a 14,000-seat sellout and a gate of $250,000.
  • Ticket prices were $50, $25, $15 and $10.
  • Mark Kram of Sports Illustrated called Ellis' performance "a tactical masterpiece."
  • On August 8, 1968, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner reported that Quarry broke his back several weeks before the Ellis fight. The injury occurred during a friendly wrestling match with one of his brothers. The extent of the injury wasn't known until Quarry had X-rays taken on August 6. "I can't say the back bothered me much during the Ellis fight," Quarry said, "but it probably hampered my movement a little."