Originally Posted by Flabby Gut
Quarry and Norton always argued who the best heavyweight in California was. Quarry was in no shape mentally or physically to fight Norton in March 1975. Rumor has it he was abusing cocaine and took the fight on short notice. He used to abuse Norton in the gym when they sparred but Quarry was much more experienced than Norton was at that time when the sparring occurred. Style-wise it took a huge puncher to beat Norton. While he had an excellent and feared left hook - Quarry was not exactly Marciano in the power department (who was?). It would have been a tall order for Quarry to ever defeat Norton. But the sharper and better Quarry of the Foster and Shavers fights for example might have been able to beat Norton.
Sparring is not the same as a real match. Quarry gave it best vs Norton, and came up short. The thing to note here is Quarry's power did not bother Norton like Shavers or Foreman's did.