Earnie Shavers, one of the most prominent boxers from the 70s, passed away at 78, leaving his net worth to his family members.
Earnie Shavers was one of the hardest punchers and even stunned Mohamad Ali.
So in this piece, we explore the life and net worth of Earnie Shavers.
Earnie Shavers dies at 78
The American boxing legend Earnie Shavers has passed away. He was 78.
Earnie Shavers passed away on September 1, 2022. As of yet, no cause of death has been made public.
According to Yahoo Sports’ combat columnist Kevin Iole, Shavers had a reputation as the “hardest puncher in the game” in the 1970s.
Muhammad Ali referred to Earnie Shavers as the “Acorn” before a fight because of his bald head. Shavers landed a punch on Ali during the fight, prompting the latter to say afterward, “Earnie hit me so hard it shook my kin in Africa.”
Earnie Shavers‘ fight statistics make it abundantly clear that he had a sizable fan base and left a lasting legacy. He had 74 victories, 14 defeats, and one tie. 68 of the 74 victories came by knockout (KO).
He is also a former US Amateur Heavyweight Champion and is listed as number 10 on The Ring’s list of the 100 greatest punchers.
Shaver’s unsuccessfully contested the heavyweight title twice, falling to Larry Holmes in 1979 and Muhammad Ali in 1977. However, he injured Ali and knocked down Holmes.
Similarly, Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton, three-time European heavyweight champion Joe Bugner, and top heavyweight contender Jimmy Young were all defeated by Shaver’s. He also defeated top heavyweight contender Jimmy Young.
And after the doctors diagnosed him with retinal issues, he decided to retire in 1983.
The total net worth of Earnie Shavers ranges from 1.5 million to 5 million dollars.
Shavers had purchased a “sprawling white Colonial surrounded by enormous trees and overlooking a lake,” according to a 1979 New York Times article. According to him, “It sold for $900,000.”
Furthermore, some of his career earnings are also included in the same article. For example, he received $300,000 for losing to Muhammad Ali, which was referred to as “his first big payday.”
Additionally, he also received $275,000 for losing to Larry Holmes, $100,000 for defeating Ken Norton (in 62 seconds), and $300,000 for the title shot he was scheduled to receive that year. In total, he earned close to $900,000 in two years.
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