Jack Quarry, notorious patriarch of the fighting Quarry clan, passed away at 4am on Saturday morning. Jack managed fighting sons "Irish" Jerry and Mike. He drummed it into his sons - mentally and physically - they had to be tougher than everyone else: in the school yard, the street, the gym; above all, in the ring. "There's no quit in a Quarry," was his mantra.
With his brutal left hook, Jerry established himself as a perennial heavyweight contender in the 60's and 70's. Victories over Floyd Patterson, Thad Spencer, Buster Mathis, Mac Foster, Earnie Shavers and Ron Lyle made him more than a Great White Hope. He also fought two epic losing battles with Smokiní Joe Frazier, and lost twice to Muhammad Ali in a golden era for heavyweight boxing. Any other era, Quarry could have been world champ.
He died from dementia puglistica in 1999 at the age of 53.
Mike Quarry also suffers from dementia puglistica. He's close to death at 54.
At the Convention Center in Las Vegas in 1972, Mike was knocked cold in four rounds in a crack at the world light-heavyweight title.