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Jerry Quarry
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Boxer
    (May 15, 1945-January 3, 1999)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Heavyweight boxer with a record of 53 wins, 9 losses and 4 draws
    Called the best heavyweight to never win the title
    Nicknamed the Bellflower Belter after his hometown of Bellflower CA
    Died from brain damage caused by his time in the ring
    He was the classic spoiler; winning fights he was expected to lose and losing fights he should have won.
    In one legendary boneheaded moment, he was counted out in his fight with George Chuvalo when, after suffering a knockdown he could have gotten up from, he got the referee's count mixed up and watched as he was counted out.
    He cut and bled easily, which cost him several fights.
    He fought Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali twice each, losing all four fights by tko.
    At barely six foot and usually less than two hundred pounds he was usually much smaller than his opponents.
    He made several abortive comebacks; during the last of these he suffered a severe beating from a far lesser opponent which accelerated the brain damage he was already suffering from, leaving him almost a vegetable in the care of his mother in his last few years.
    He made these comebacks (his last fight was in the nineties) despite being shown to be suffering from brain damage as early as the mid-seventies in a Sports Illustrated article.
    He had an incredible chin, superb skills, and unquestioned desire and courage.
    He never lost to a smaller opponent.
    George Foreman admitted that he ducked him when he (Foreman) was working towards his first title shot.
    During the 60's and 70's he made well received acting appearances on shows like 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and, after his first retirement, he did an outstanding job as a boxing commentator for CBS.
    His death serves as a warning to other fighters about the danger of sticking around too long.
    Despite being the only white contender of his time he refused to play the race card or market himself as a 'Great White Hope.'
    He was Muhammad Ali's first opponents when he returned from exile.

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