9. Jerry Quarry KO 1 Earnie Shavers, Madison Square Garden, New York, December 12, 1973.
Shavers might routinely be regarded as the greatest one shot puncher in the history of the sport but it was Quarry’s fluid and relentless combination punching that snapped an impressive KO streak and caused ‘The Acorn’ to unravel on this night at the Garden.
Shavers came out characteristically aggressive and It looked as if Gerry might get on his bike but the perennial Irish American contender quickly opted to fight fire with fire. A right uppercut/ left hook did the initial damage and Quarry was all over his man like the proverbial cheap suit, thereafter.
On the plus side, Shavers’ relative punch resistance was plain for all to see as he absorbed a catalogue of pulverising shots before tasting the canvas. He rose gamely for more of the same but, seconds later, the esteemed Arthur Mercante has seen quite enough.