Earnie Shavers, feared heavyweight puncher of the 70s, dies at age 78

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29,1977: Earnie Shavers (L) throws a punch towards Muhammad Ali in the course of the struggle at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, New York. Muhammad Ali received the WBC heavyweight title and WBA World heavyweight title by a UD 15. (Photograph by: The Ring Journal/Getty Photographs)

Earnie Shavers, thought-about by many to be the heaviest punching heavyweight boxer in historical past, has died.

The information was introduced Thursday, a day after Shavers’ 78th birthday. A reason behind dying was not instantly identified. 

Shavers (74-14-1, 68 knockouts) fought between 1969 and 1983, earlier than making ill-advised ring returns in 1987 and 1995. He fell brief in two makes an attempt on the heavyweight championship, rocking Muhammad Ali repeatedly in a unanimous resolution loss in 1977, and dropping Larry Holmes in an eleventh spherical stoppage loss in 1979 with one of the crucial devastating proper arms that didn’t produce a knockout win.

Shavers’ fearsome punching energy and shaved head intimidated many opponents, as he counted revered contenders like Jimmy Ellis, Jimmy Younger and ever future heavyweight titleholder Ken Norton amongst his knockout victims. In different a long time, the Cleveland based mostly puncher would have been a heavyweight champion, however he fell brief within the divisions hardest period, shedding to contenders like Jerry Quarry and Ron Lyle.

Iron-chinned Randall “Tex” Cobb, who stopped Shavers in a sloppy, entertaining brawl in 1980, defined Shavers’ energy in a later interview: “No one hits like Shavers. If anyone hit tougher than Shavers, I’d shoot him.”

Holmes, who fought Shavers twice, mentioned Shavers hit even tougher than Mike Tyson, who was the one man to cease Holmes in his profession: “He hit me and I used to be face down on the canvas listening to saxophonist Jimmy Tillis,” mentioned Holmes.

Ali admitted post-fight that Shavers had damage him a number of occasions within the struggle, and later named Shavers as the toughest puncher he’d ever fought, outpacing different knockout punchers like Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Joe Frazier.

Born August 31, 1944 in Garland, Alabama, the 6’0” Shavers turned skilled after 26 beginner bouts and was guided early on by an area promoter named Don King after he relocated to Ohio. Shavers was ubiquitous in Las Vegas throughout his later years, signing autographs for followers at on line casino appearances.

The Ring ranked Shavers because the tenth best puncher of all-time in a 2003 checklist.

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