Earnie Shavers Dead at 78
American boxer Earnie Shavers who fought Muhammad Ali has died aged 78.
His death was confirmed by DAZN Boxing, they said”One of the hardest punchers in boxing history. Earnie Shavers has sadly passed away at the age of 78. RIP Cham.
However, his cause of death was not immediately known.
The Alabama heavyweight won 74 of his 89 professional bouts between 1969 and 1995.
Earnie Dee Shaver, born August 31, 1944, best known as Earnie Shavers, was an American former professional boxer who competed between 1969 and 1995.
A two-time world heavyweight championship challenger, Shavers is known for being one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing history.
He scored 68 knockout wins, including 23 in the first round. He holds a 76.4% overall knockout ratio.
Shavers challenged unsuccessfully twice for the heavyweight championship, losing to Muhammad Ali in 1977 and to Larry Holmes in 1979.
He hurt Ali in the second round and knocked down Holmes in the seventh round.
Shavers defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis, and Ken Norton, as well as three-time European heavyweight champion Joe Bugner and top heavyweight contender Jimmy Young.
In 2001, Shavers released an autobiography called Welcome to the Big Time.
Since retiring from boxing he has attended boxing events as a special guest, autograph signer, and motivational speaker.
Shavers started boxing at the late age of 22.
Before turning professional, he had a short but notable amateur career, winning the 1969 National AAU heavyweight title.
In March 1969, National Golden Gloves director Tony Mange said Shavers “carries a hefty punch”.
He had nine straight knockout wins before he was himself knocked out by the 230-pound (104 kg) West German Horst Koschemann.
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