In what has to rank as one of many saddest of days for a boxing fan, we’ve got now discovered of the passing of heavyweight legend Earnie Shavers. On a miserable day that registered the passing of Everett “Bigfoot” Martin, and esteemed scribe Ted Sares, we’ve got additionally been compelled to say goodbye to Earnie Shavers.
Shavers, the “Puncher of the Century,” handed away only a day after his 78th birthday. Followers, each shocked in addition to saddened, have been paying tribute to “The Acorn,” as Muhammad Ali dubbed Shavers.
Shavers was certainly a very ferocious puncher; his KO’s of Ken Norton, Jimmy Ellis, and Jimmy Younger being X-Rated affairs. Whereas Earnie’s dropping wars with Larry Holmes and Ron Lyle are additionally legendary – to say nothing of Shavers’ “Rocky-like” slugfest with Roy Tiger Williams.
Briefly, Shavers goes down as one of many best by no means to have gained a world title. Some specialists say no man EVER punched as laborious as Shavers punched. And Earnie was a very good man.
As have been the opposite two fantastic males who gave a lot to the game of boxing but sadly left us at this time.
R.I.P, Earnie Shavers, Everett Martin, and Ted Sares.