Joe Frazier Stops Jerry Quarry This Day June 17, 1974
Big win gets Smokin’ Joe Frazier a shot at champion Ali
Joe Frazier 212 lbs
Jerry Quarry 197½ lbs
TKO at 1:37 in round 5 of 10
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Referee: Joe Louis
Judge: Artie Aidala
Judge: Jack Gordon
Frazier earned $400,000 and Quarry $225,000.
A crowd of 14,611 produced a gate of $517,006.
Frazier was ahead on all three official scorecards at the time of the stoppage. Referee Joe Louis and Judge Jack Gordon had the fight scored 4-0, and Judge Artie Aidala had it 3-0-1.
Frazier clearly won the first two rounds despite being hit by a hard–but accidental–low blow with 30 seconds to go in the opening round. Frazier grimaced in pain and walked to a corner, but Quarry quickly apologized and Louis motioned for the bout to continue. The first really decisive punches of the fight came about 2½ minutes into the third round, when Frazier connected with a right to the body and followed with a left hook to the head that turned Quarry sideways.
Frazier pounded away in the fourth, flooring Quarry with a mighty left hook to the stomach at the closing bell. Quarry took a count of five before rising. The fifth round was all Frazier. He left Quarry helpless. After opening the cut over Quarry’s left eye, Frazier motioned to Louis to stop the fight, but the referee let the boxers continue for another 30 seconds before calling a halt. “Joe (Louis) should have stopped it sooner; if not Joe, then the people in Jerry’s corner,” said Frazier. “I could see how badly he was cut.” Louis defended his actions: “The cut wasn’t as big as Joe thought it was. In another half-minute it was bigger, and that’s why I stopped it.”