Here's the fight as I saw it.-Green are the round scores as I scored it, red is important text like a cut, great punch or knockdown.
Round 1- Both fighters trying to establish their wills.
Ellis lands a clean right to Quarry's chin. Quarry with a sneaky right
and left to the body. Not many telling blows landed this round.
Even Round- 10-10 even
Round 2- Ellis starts with a nice one-two combo. Quarry
fires an uppercut, but he's cut!, small cut over
Quarry's right eye. Ellis lands a nice left hook, Jimmy controlling
the action here in this round.
Ellis Round- 10-9 (20-19) Ellis
Round 3- Ellis lands a nice right to open the round. Quarry not forcing the action enough like he should. Ellis moves forward then stops, the crowd boos. Jerry was trying to set a trap. Ellis lands another right, followed by a Quarry hook to the body. Ellis Round- 10-9 (30-28)
Round 4- The fighters come out and the crowd boos because
of the lack of action. Ellis jabbing, Quarry doing nothing. Ellis jabbing
real well and he lands a nice right hand to Quarry's Chin.
Ellis Round- 10-9 (40-37) Ellis
Round 5- Ellis popping the jab, Quarry lands a good left and right, he's coming forward more now. Quarry finally coming forward and doing better now digging shots to Ellis body. The crowd appreciates the effort. Quarry's Round- 10-9 (49-47) Ellis
Round 6- Nothing happening early in the round. Quarry
digs to the body and looking good now. Still a slow paced fight, actually
a terrible round nothing happening at all, Quarry lands the only actual
Quarry's Round- 10-9 (58-57) Ellis
Round 7- Quarry with a little right, Ellis just jabbing in this round. Ellis lands a nice right followed by a Quarry hook to the body. Ellis lands his best right of the fight and snaps back Jerry's head, Ellis lands a nice left as well. Ellis Round- 10-9 (68-66) Ellis
Round 8- Quarry still giving too much room to Ellis. Ellis
is effective with jab. Quarry digs a few body shots but is countered by
a nice Ellis right hand. That right hand is working well for Ellis.
Ellis Round- 10-9 (78-75) Ellis
Round 9- Quarry needs to get to work his corner yells. Ellis lands another right, and another. He's winning on that punch alone. Ellis looking confident now and scores with another right. Quarry lands a left to end the round. Ellis Round- 10-9 (88-84) Ellis
Round 10- Ellis jabs and misses. Ellis lands a sneaky
right, Quarry is not getting off and looks stiff. Ellis lands another right
hand, Quarry just not landing any good punches. Ellis is building a lead
Ellis Round- 10-9 (98-93) Ellis
Round 11- Ellis uses the jab well, Quarry not punching much. Ellis lands a clean right hand to Quarry's jaw. Quarry comes back and lands his first flurry in some rounds. Quarry moving forward better in this round. Even Round- 10-10 (108-103) Ellis
Round 12- Action speeds up with Quarry moving forward.
Jerry lands a nice right followed by hooks to the body and the head. Quarry
getting more busy and wins the round with his aggressiveness.
Quarry's Round- 10-9 (117-113) Ellis
Round 13- Ellis lands a nice right hand, Quarry comes back with his best left hook of the fight and Ellis is wobbled. Big rights exchanged from both fighters. Quarry digs in body shots to Ellis mid-section. Ellis fires a right hand home. Quarry's Round- 10-9 (126-123) Ellis
Round 14- Quarry moving forward now. Ellis is holding but still jabbing fairly well. Not much action here. Ellis lands a good right and Quarry digs shots to the body of Ellis. Close round here, both fighters landing equal blows. Even Round- 10-10 (136-133) Ellis
Round 15- Quarry moving forward, Ellis boxing backwards.
Quarry staying more busy and lands a nice left hook. Both fighters are
a little winded and missing more punches this round. Quarry is pushing
the action and Ellis is holding a lot. Quarry's Round-
10-9 (146-144) Ellis is my decision or 7 rounds to 5 rounds.
Official Decision in rounds
Jimmy Ellis wins the majority design. Ellis-M Dec 15
I have heard since this fight that Jerry Quarry had a cracked vertebrae in his back before the start of the fight which slowed him down. This wasn't a very aggressive Quarry which is very rare, but Ellis has underrated punching power which might have made Jerry think twice about coming in fast. Jimmy Ellis was the champion of the world, or at least 45 states. There were some boxing councils that thought Joe Frazier was the real champion and they would have a chance to settle the score in the future. Jerry Quarry never got another World Title fight although he was a top 5 heavyweight for the next 7 years. I really think Quarry was the better fighter, but styles make fights and Quarry never got inside enough to tire Ellis out.