Earnie Dee Shaver (born August 31, 1944), best known as Earnie Shavers, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1995. A two-time world heavyweight championship challenger, Shavers known for being one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. Shavers scored 68 knockouts (23 in the first round) in 74 wins and holds a 91.8% knockout-to-win ratio.
Shavers had two world title fights - with Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. He scored a knockdown against Holmes, and hurt Ali. He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.
In 2001, he released an autobiography called Welcome to the Big Time. Today, he attends boxing events as a special guest, autograph signer, and motivational speaker.
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