Earnie Dee Shaver, best known as Earnie Shavers, is 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.
Is Earnie Shavers Still Alive?
Earnie Shavers, an American former professional boxer who fought Muhammad Ali, died at the age of 78.
Earnie Shavers, a heavyweight from Alabama with one of the hardest punches in history, won 74 of his 89 professional fights between 1969 and 1995.