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Hard Luck: The Triumph And Tragedy Of "Irish" Jerry Quarry Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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In hindsight... what can rightfully be called "The Golden Age Of Heavyweights" Jerry fought at least FIVE DIFFERENT MEN WHO AT SOME POINT WERE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS! Jerry's opponents included among others, MUHAMMAD ALI (TWICE), SMOKIN' JOE FRAZIER, KEN NORTON, RON LYLE, EARNIE SHAVERS, MAC FOSTER, FLOYD PATTERSON, THAD SPENCER, JIMMY ELLIS AND GEORGE CHUVALO. Many of these fighters were avoided by other fighters by any means necessary. Jerry never avoided anyone... and he always came to fight.
I grew up in Southern California during the Quarry years... and I even went to some fights with my boxing loving Dad, and yet I still learned an awful lot of behind the scenes information about the Quarry clan.Read more ›
Having done some boxing myself and having been raised during that time period in the Southern California area, I was a fan and like so many others followed the Quarry careers. I saw the two brothers train several times and sat ringside at a couple of Mike's Anaheim Convention outings. In 1983 I was still training and working with amateurs in Southern Calif. and had the opportunity to meet the man that guided George Foreman to the title, Dick Sadler. At that time Sadler was working with a local middleweight that was due to fight on a nationally televised event. Sadler asked me if I'd spend a couple of evenings sparring with his charge, I gladly said yes.Read more ›
Many of us are just fans. I was one in the 60, 70s and 80s, and kept tabs on his whereabouts the rest of his life. Jerry showed us what it was to continue the hard fight, to be a good sportsman, and a gracious loser when that time comes.
If you have even the least interest in Jerry Quarry, get this book. It was a fascinating, if too often brutal life (and that's outside of the ring!) but always fascinating. I always felt that Jerry wanted to do so much with his life, more than just boxing, but it was the fight game that called him back. And sadly he ended up paying for it.
We miss Jerry, but we love to talk about how great he was and things that might have been even greater.
Get the book and see what we mean.
death. I remember Jerry Quarry not only in the ring but outside the ring as an announcer. A class act. In todays boxing world he would have been a cruiserweight thru his career and he would have been an automatic Hall of Fame entry at that weight. The book is an incredible journey of a hard driving father he took his two sons, Jerry and mike to the top echelons of the sport and the story of the Quarry's life in and out of the ring. A tremendous read
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Great read for boxing and non boxing fans alike. A great American story of courage. Long live Jerry's legacy! Highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by Susanna rosko
I knew Jerry and the family. The book was well written and accurate. It brought back good memories and painful ones.Published 9 months ago by Allen Garner Purchis
One of the better books I have read. Must read for boxing fans.Published 10 months ago by Curtis Sangster
Poorly written. Seemed to me that the writer needed to hurry up and finish.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The tragedy involved the entire Quarry family- 3 brothers were reduced to imbeciles from a too-long boxing career and perhaps excessive sparring between Jerry and Mike. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Captain America
Awesome book. Sad story but very detailed. Highly recommended.Published 18 months ago by Robert A. Massey