Originally Posted by The Kurgan
It depends: if Vitali boxes on the outside and doesn't get dragged into a brawl, he could embarass Quarry (who didn't like to have to look for his opponent). On the other hand, Vitali usually went forward in a linear, plodding and predictable manner, with a very limited range of punches. He's very open to being counted.
Of course, there is the question of height, but Vitali was very good at giving up his height advantage. If Quarry uses a bit of head-movement to avoid counter-right hands (something Vitali wouldn't have really seen before), I think he would find it pretty easy to use Vitali's wide-stance/low hands means of eliminating his height advantage.
Quarry's bodypunching was very good, and I don't think Vitali had the handspeed to counter before Quarry has gotten too close. Once Quarry's in close, Vitali's vast height disadvantage would allow Quarry to dominate him in close.
If they both fight as they have in their best fights, therefore, I think Quarry would win a firm UD.
This assessment was astute and enjoyable to read. My take on this pairing may be slightly different, but read on.
I've just scrutinized footage of both, and see another Loughran/Baer type boxing lesson in store for the ungainly rootfooted robotic one.
Jerry would easily outmanuever him en route to a lopsided unanimous decision. Size and strength would be no kind of asset against a veteran who blew out Shavers within a round, knocked Foreman on his keister in sparring, and showed Ron Lyle what great ring generalship looked like.
Quarry would be salivating in anticipation of beating tattoos into the flesh of that huge upright torso, moving side to side, in and out, slipping and countering off the ropes with ridiculous ease of quickness, spinning his prey around constantly in the clinches, getting under his gangly victim's long ineffectual swings and ponderous thrusts.
The Bellflower Belter would give Dr. Rustfist a boxing lesson along the lines of Tommy Loughran's schooling of Max Baer. He'd enjoy the easy pickings of an upright, mechanical, impotent target, landing three or four punches to every one the haplessly automatonic giant attempted.
Vitalis would learn, as Shavers and Frazier discovered, that Jerry was no slow starter. Later he would discover, as Spencer and Lyle did, that Quarry was also a strong finisher. He'd also learn that height and reach might prove most ineffectual against a foe with a lower center of gravity who can change his position in the ring quickly and continually.
Irish Jerry demonstrated what he could do to a big man with his ridiculously lopsided domination of Buster Mathis.
Ali was at the relaxed best of his second career for an emotionally drained and psyched out Quarry in their rematch. But for this one, Jerry wouldn't be facing The Greatest primed for a marquee performance. Quarry would lure him into the corners, then have Viagra spun around and pinned in the corners himself, before realizing what Jerry was doing.
With Gil Clancy as Jerry's second, Velveeta would be lucky to win four or five rounds. He'd think he was facing a nest of machine guns from both sides. Rustfist, meet Triggerfist.
Science and statistics be damned. The human element is all in Quarry's favor.
Jerry Quarry UD 15 Klitschko (either one).