Hard Luck: The Triumph and Tragedy of

Hard Luck: The Triumph and Tragedy of "Irish" Jerry Quarry

by Steve Springer, Blake Chavez
     
 

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The story of boxing legend Jerry Quarry has it all: rags to riches, thrilling fights against the giants of the Golden Age of Heavyweights (Ali—twice, Frazier—twice, Patterson, Norton), a racially and politically electric sports era, the thrills and excesses of fame, celebrities, love, hate, joy, and pain. And tragedy.Like the man he fought during two

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The story of boxing legend Jerry Quarry has it all: rags to riches, thrilling fights against the giants of the Golden Age of Heavyweights (Ali—twice, Frazier—twice, Patterson, Norton), a racially and politically electric sports era, the thrills and excesses of fame, celebrities, love, hate, joy, and pain. And tragedy.Like the man he fought during two highly controversial fight cards in 1970 and ’72—Muhammad Ali—boxing great Jerry Quarry was to suffer gravely. He died at age fifty-three, mind and body ravaged by Dementia Pugilistica.In Hard Luck, “Irish” Jerry Quarry comes to life—from his Grapes of Wrath days as the child of an abusive father in the California migrant camps to those as the undersized heavyweight slaying giants on his way to multiple title bouts and the honor of being the World’s Most Popular Fighter in ’68, ’69, ’70, and ’71. The story of Jerry Quarry is one of the richest in the annals of boxing, and through painstaking research and exclusive access to the Quarry family and its archives, Steve Springer and Blake Chavez have captured it all.

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“Jerry Quarry would have been a champion in any other era.” —Mickey Rourke

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599219967
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
666,764
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 6.26(h) x 1.04(d)

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Jerry Quarry was the best heavyweight fighter never to have won a championship belt. WhenI became Heavyweight Champion of the World, I dodged him purposely. . . . He fought toe to toe with Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier, twice. He fought Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali twice. He out-boxed two-time Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson. He outpunched Earnie Shavers. He destroyed Mac Foster and schooled Ron Lyle.—from the Foreword by George Forema

Meet the Author

Steve Springer is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller American Son: The 'scar De La Hoya Story. Formerly a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, he is currently a colunnist for ESPN Los Angeles. Blake Chavez is a professional writer who enjoyed a successful career as an amateur boxing trainer for more than a decade.

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