Earnie Shavers

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Earnie Dee Shaver (born August 31, 1944), best known as Earnie Shavers is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1983, with two further comebacks in 1987 and 1995.wikipedia
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Larry Holmes

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Shavers had two world title fights - with Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali.
Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Norton, Ali, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier, and falling one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49–0 when he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985.

Jimmy Young (boxer)

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He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
An inexperienced Young was matched against contender Earnie Shavers in what was only his 11th professional fight.

Joe Bugner

He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
He was ranked among the world's top ten heavyweights in the 1970s, fighting such opponents as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Manuel Ramos, Chuck Wepner, Earnie Shavers, Henry Cooper, Brian London, Mac Foster, Rudie Lubbers, Eduardo Corletti, Jurgen Blin and George Johnson.

Muhammad Ali

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Shavers had two world title fights - with Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali.
After returning to beat Alfredo Evangelista in May 1977, Ali struggled in his next fight against Earnie Shavers that September, getting pummeled a few times by punches to the head.

Vicente Rondón

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He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
A venture into the heavyweight ranks proved just as bad, as he was beaten by Earnie Shavers, Ron Lyle and José Urtain.

Ron Stander

He suffered setbacks with losses to Ron Stander and Stan Johnson.
Prior to his unsuccessful match versus Frazier, Stander had scored a fifth-round knockout victory over hard-punching Earnie Shavers in 1970, and a decision win over contender Thad Spencer in 1971.

Ron Lyle

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Shavers then had a thunderous match with hard hitting Ron Lyle but was stopped after 6 brutal rounds.
He held notable wins over Buster Mathis, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers, Joe Bugner, and Scott LeDoux, but is best known for his slugfest against George Foreman in 1976, which won Fight of the Year honors by The Ring magazine.

Ken Norton

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He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
After losing to Holmes, Norton won his next fight by knockout over sixth-ranked Randy Stephens in 1978 before taking on Earnie Shavers in another compulsory WBC title eliminator fight in Las Vegas on March 23, 1979.

Jimmy Ellis (boxer)

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He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
But on June 18, 1973, he fought Earnie Shavers, who was 44–2 (43 KOs), at Madison Square Garden.

Randall "Tex" Cobb

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In 1980, in a wild slugfest he was stopped in the eighth round by durable prospect Randall "Tex" Cobb.
Cobb took wins over notable heavyweights of his era such as Bernardo Mercado, Earnie Shavers, and Leon Spinks.

Bernardo Mercado

Many thought he should have retired after his upset loss to lower contender Bernardo Mercado.
In 1980, he earned a seventh round technical knockout over dangerous contender and multiple-time world title challenger Earnie Shavers and was ranked as the number one contender to Larry Holmes' WBC belt.

Jerry Quarry

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His progress was halted when he was KO'd in the first round by Jerry Quarry which was followed by another loss to a journeyman Bob Stallings.
Two wins later, Don King brought Quarry in to meet hard-punching Earnie Shavers in December.

Don King (boxing promoter)

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He began to rise through the ranks of the heavyweight division after he hired Cleveland-based promoter and ex-con Don King to be his manager.
Holmes says he received only $150,000 of a contracted $500,000 for his fight with Ken Norton, and $50,000 of $200,000 for facing Earnie Shavers, and claims King cut his purses for bouts with Muhammad Ali, Randall "Tex" Cobb, and Leon Spinks, underpaying him $2 million, $700,000, and $250,000, respectively.

Ferdie Pacheco

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Fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco also urged Ali to retire after noting the damage Ali had absorbed against Shavers.
After Ali won a decision against the hard-hitting Earnie Shavers in September 1977, Pacheco recommended that he retire from the sport.

James Tillis

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) He holds notable wins over Ron Stander by TKO 7 in 1980, and the hard punching Earnie Shavers by ten-round decision in 1982.

Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers

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Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shavers fought each other in a fifteen-round boxing match on September 29, 1977.

Oliver Wright (boxer)

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During Wright's professional career, which lasted from 1973 to 1981, he fought the likes of Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Earnie Shavers and Oscar Bonavena in the heavyweight class.

Professional boxing

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Earnie Dee Shaver (born August 31, 1944), best known as Earnie Shavers is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1983, with two further comebacks in 1987 and 1995.

Heavyweight

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A two-time world heavyweight championship challenger, Shavers is known for being one of the hardest punchers in boxing history.

Knockout

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He scored 68 knockout wins (23 in the first round) and holds a 91.8% knockout-to-win ratio.

Amateur boxing

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Prior to turning professional, Shavers had a short but notable amateur career, winning the 1969 National AAU heavyweight title.

Golden Gloves

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Tony Mange, National Golden Gloves director, said of him in March 1969, "I saw Shaver last year in Salt Lake City. He carries a hefty punch."

Cleveland

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He began to rise through the ranks of the heavyweight division after he hired Cleveland-based promoter and ex-con Don King to be his manager.