Jimmy Ellis – heavyweights of the 1970s

One of the wrestlers on this list who has passed away is Ellis, a former WBA champion who won the title in 1968 by beating the late Jerry Quarry, also on this list. Like many of the boxers in the heavyweight division of the 1970s, Ellis was a winner with 40 wins and just 12 losses, while knocking out 24 opponents. During this era, no one dodged anyone. Ellis lost three of his last four fights and they went to Joe Fraizer, Joe Bugner and Ron Lyle, all solid fighters. After those three losses, he concluded his career with a knockout win over Carl Baker. Ellis would lose to Muhammad Ali, Ernie Shavers, Joe Frazier and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. But Ellis had victories over Quarry, Floyd Patterson, George Chuvalo, and Oscar Bonavena.

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