Joe Frazier vs. Jerry Quarry (1st meeting)

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Joe Frazier 203 lbs beat Jerry Quarry 198 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 7 of 15


  • Frazier was recognized as World Heavyweight Champion by New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Mexico and Argentina.
  • Frazier was guaranteed $250,000 against 35% of the gate and 40% of closed circuit television. Quarry got 25% of each.
  • The fight was shown on closed circuit television at 125 locations.
  • There was a crowd of 16,570 at Madison Square Garden, and the gate was $502,518.
  • The fight was named Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
  • George Foreman, who would succeed Frazier as champion, made his professional debut on the undercard.

Frazier Stops Quarry in 7th
Associated Press | June 24, 1969

Joe Frazier chopped up a game Jerry Quarry with a merciless two-fistad attack, opening a gash under the challenger’s right eye, to successfully defend his piece of the world heavyweight title Monday night on a technical knockout at the end of the seventh round.

Dr. Harry Kelian ordered referee Arthur Mercante to stop the battle after examining Quarry in his corner after the seventh round.

Referee Mercante said Quarry admitted to him that he could not see out of his right eye. He wept when the bout was stopped.

Under New York rules, the minute between rounds belongs to the previous round. Hence, when the fight was stopped between the seventh and eighth it went as a seventh round TKO.

Quarry, a blue-eyed blond from Bellflower, Calif., came out burning like he said he would and met the champion head on for a wild first round in which neither would give ground.

Frazier took over in the second round, refusing to give Quarry punching room as he began to work over Quarry with both hands. It was Frazier all the way after the first, especially after Quarry's right eye opened in the first seconds of the fourth round.

It was obvious that Quarry, counting desperately on catching Frazier early, had run out of steam and was bothered increasingly by the cut eye.

While he still had all his strength, Quarry was a rough, tough opponent for the champ but he simply could not carry on a consistent attack against the swarming Frazier.

After the fight, there was an exchange in mid-ring for the benefit of the television cameras between Frazier and Jimmy Ellis, the World Boxing Association's champion. At one stage, Ellis shook his fist at Frazier who responded in kind, straining to get away from his handlers.

Frazier, a 2-1 favorite, was making the fourth defense of his six-state title within a year. He is recognized as world champ by New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas. A match with Ellis is a likely next step.

There were no knockdowns in the scheduled 15-round match between the unbeaten former Olympic champ and the man who lost to Ellis in the WBA finals.

The slope-shouldered challenger outmuscled Frazier in the first round, banging his right to the chin two or three times. A few of his blows strayed below the belt line as did some of Frazier’s later in the fight.

It was Frazier, however, who drew the only warning from referee Mercante who said "keep them up Joe" in the sixth.

Frazier was way out front on all three official cards when the bout ended. Referee Mercante and judge Tony Castellano had it 6-1 and judge Bill Rec had it 5-1-1, all for Frazier. The AP card was 6-1 for Frazier.

Frazier, winning his 24th straight and scoring his 21st knockout, came at Quarry with both hands and refused to give the challenger any punching room. It seemed to be just a matter of time after the cut opened under the right eye.

There was a mouse under Quarry’s eye as he came out for the fourth, and it immediately started to bleed heavily. The doctor went to his corner after the fourth, and Quarry pleaded with him, "Don’t stop it."

The eye was closing in the fifth as Frazier continued to press the attack, swarming over Quarry in the sixth and seventh with his quick jabs, devastating hook and sharp uppercuts.

"I stopped it to prevent a slaughter," said Dr. Kleiman. "He pleaded with me to let it go on after the fourth but he didn't say much when I looked at him after the seventh." AP