Jan 4, 2014
Jerry Quarry: Boxer with Something Extra
Our favorite boxer was Jerry Quarry, the Bellflower Bomber (1945-1999). He was big. Not just famous -- big.
A heavyweight -- 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with beneath-the-belt gifts obvious to anyone who looked.
Born in California to a family of boxers, Jerry won the Golden Gloves amateur boxing championship in 1965, at age 19, and then went pro, fighting such greats as Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (he lost to both, twice.)
He was all over tv, guest-starring on such kid favorites as Batman, Adam-12, Land of the Giants (starring bodybuilder Gary Conway), and The Hardy Boys.
He never gave up in the ring, no matter what -- he could take punch after punch forever. Sometimes the referee called the fight just to keep him from suffering any more injuries.
Jerry Quarry Foundation is an advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of pugilistic dementia.
Not a lot of gay rumors in the life of "ladies man" Jerry Quarry. Sometimes you could be an icon for gay kids in the 1960s just by being big. And never giving up.