Ken Norton vs. Jerry Quarry

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Norton hits Quarry with a right

Ken Norton 218 lbs beat Jerry Quarry 207 lbs by TKO at 2:29 in round 5 of 12


  • Muhammad Ali vacated the NABF title to challenge World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman on October 30, 1974.
  • Norton was the #4 contender and Quarry was #5.
  • Quarry received $185,000 and Norton got $100,000.
  • In early 1974, Quarry complained that the top black heavyweights would not fight him. "It is a black conspiracy," Quarry said. "I'm being boycotted by Ali, Norton and Foreman." He said they wanted to "leave the little white boy out of it."
  • "I respect him as a fighter, but I don't like him one bit," Norton said of Quarry before the fight. "I don't like him because he's a prejudiced man."
  • Quarry retired after losing to Norton but later returned to the ring.
  • The 1998 Holiday Issue of The Ring Magazine ranked Ken Norton #22 and Jerry Quarry #27 on the list The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time.
  • The original bout on this undercard was signed as Ken Norton vs. Oscar Bonavena. However, Bonavena pulled out on February 27th citing promoters couldn't assure him a win over Norton would guarantee him a title fight with Ali. Bonavena was also being investigated at this time by the Central Bank of Argentina on tax issues that would drastically alter his purse for the Norton fight. On March 3rd Jimmy Young was signed to fight Norton in a 10 rounder, but MSG found the little-known Young to be an unacceptable opponent. Finally, on March 6th, Jerry Quarry was signed to fight Norton in a 12 rounder.

Norton Stops Quarry In Round 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Norton, bidding for another chance at the heavyweight championship of the world, stopped Jerry Quarry in the fifth round of their 12-round bout at Madison Square Garden Monday night.

The fight served as a closed circuit preliminary to the heavyweight championship bout in Cleveland between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner.

Referee John LoBianco stopped the bout at 2:29 of the fifth round with Quarry's face a bloody mask and Norton landing lefts and rights at will.

Dr. Harry Kleiman had examined Quarry's right eye at the conclusion of the third and fourth rounds after Norton had cut his opponent in a bitter exchange in the middle of the ring during round three.

Norton, the ex-Marine from San Diego, had opened fast, scoring well with lefts and rights in the first round.

Quarry, the fifth-ranked heavyweight, fought back in the second round, stalking Norton and landing blows repeatedly. In the third round, after Norton cut Quarry at the side of his right eye, Quarry came storming back with lefts and rights that backed Norton against the ropes.

But that was Quarry's last burst. In the fourth round, Norton became the slugger, showering Quarry with lefts and rights and staggering his opponent several times.

By then, both fighters were covered with Quarry's blood and Norton went to work on the other eye.

Norton quickly raised a welt and closed it and soon Quarry was fighting blind. It was only a question of time as Norton battered his game opponent around the ring throughout the fifth round until LoBianco jumped in and stopped the fight.

Norton, winning for the 33rd time in 36 fights, weighed 218½, 11½ pounds more than Quarry.

The loss was Quarry's eighth in 62 bouts.

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Preceded by:
Ali vs. Frazier II
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 13
Succeeded by:
Foreman vs. Lyle