Hardest Punching Boxer, Earnie Shavers, dies at 78

Earnie Shavers was an American professional boxer who competed between 1969 and 1995. A two-time world heavyweight championship challenger, he is considered as one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing history. He recorded 68 knockout wins, including 23 in the first round, for a 76.4% overall knockout rate.

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American professional boxer Earnie Shavers dies at 78

Former British boxer and close friend Kenny Rainford told The Associated Press in a telephone call from Liverpool, England, that his close friend died on Thursday in Virginia at the house of one of his daughters. “He had a hard career, traveled a lot, and slowed down all of a sudden,” said Rainford when questioned about a cause of death.

Randy Gordon, the former New York State athletic commissioner, said Shaver’s always had time for the people, whether it was signing autographs or exchanging a word or two. “He was one of the nicest guys in the world until he came into the ring and attempted to take your head off,” Gordon added.

Earnie Shavers Age, Family, Early Life

Earnie Shavers was born on August 31, 1944(78 years old) in Garland, Alabama, the U.S. He holds an American nationality and belongs to the black ethnic group. His Zodiac sign is Virgo.

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There isn’t a lot of information regarding the members of the family. Despite the fact that we don’t have much detailed information regarding his family.

Earnie Shavers Wife, What about his Children?

Earnie Shavers was married to Laverne Payne. They had five daughters from their marriage together: Tamara, Cynthia, Catherine, Carla, and Amy.

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He also has four daughters from past relationships: Catherine, Lisa, Natasha, and Latonya. He has 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Earnie Shavers’s career, what is his profession?

Shaver’s started boxing at the late age of 22. Before turning professional, he had a short but memorable amateur career, capturing the 1969 National AAU heavyweight title. In March 1969, National Golden Gloves director Tony Mange noted Shaver’s “carries a powerful blow”.

He had nine straight knockout wins before he was himself knocked out by the 230-pound (104 kg) West German Horst Koschemann. Known as the “Black Destroyer”, Shaver’s won 44 of his first 47 fights by knockout; largely against mediocre competition.

This included 27 consecutive knockouts, of which 20 were in the first round. He endured difficulties with losses to Ron Stander and Stan Johnson. He began to advance to the upper ranks of the heavyweight division after he signed Cleveland-based promoter Don King to be his manager.

His wins included one over a rookie Jimmy Young who subsequently became a world championship challenger. Stepping up the caliber of his opposition, he rose to public awareness with a first-round KO of one-time WBA heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis.

His development 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. Shaver’s subsequently had a tremendous bout with hard-hitting Ron Lyle but was halted after 6 grueling rounds.

He subsequently knocked out heavy hitter Howard King and beat powerhouse prospect Roy Williams in a bruising back and forward battle in which Shaver was nearly knocked out, a match Shaver believed was one of the toughest of his career.

The Holmes contest was the last significant match for Shavers.

In 1980, in a violent slugfest he was halted in the eighth round by durable prospect Randall “Tex” Cobb. Prior to the Cobb fight, Shavers had undergone eye surgery for a detached retina.

(Since eye surgery was not quite as refined then as it is today, the bulk of boxers withdrew for good after that kind of damage. In the perspective of Duane Ford, a detached retina for a boxer was like an AIDS diagnosis .

Shavers had not fully healed from the operation when he came back for the Cobb fight. He never again competed for the world title. In 1982 he fought Joe Bugner, also on the return trail. Bugner was knocked down in the first, then was stopped by cuts in the second round.

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Shavers continued to fight professionally for several years, retiring in 1995 after losing to Brian Yates. Many thought he should have quit after his stunning loss to inferior opponent Bernardo Mercado. Shavers had similar retinal eye damage as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

Shavers tried two abbreviated comebacks–—a fight in 1987, and two in 1995, in the second of which he was KO’d by Brian Yates in round 2. After this loss, Shavers retired for good. Shavers has been recognized among the top-10 punchers in boxing history by The Ring and others. Shavers concluded his career in 1995 with a record of 74 wins (68 by knockout, 23 inside the first round, with 46 in the first 3 rounds), 14 losses and 1 draw.

How much is Earnie Shavers’s Net worth?  

Earnie Shavers is a Boxer that has a net worth of $1.5 Million.

Which school and college did he go to?

The name of the school Earnie Shavers attended and the topic he studied, however, is unknown.

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Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Earnie Shavers is active on Instagram and Twitter. He has 222 followers on Instagram and 180 followers on Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Earnie Shavers’s Height, Weight

HeightIn Feet: 5 feet
Centimeter: 183cm
Meter: 1.83 m
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
WeightKilogram: 79 Kg
Pound:  201 Lbs
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Earnie Shavers’s should be knows

Zodiac signVirgo
Relationship StatusSingle