Blake Chavez co-authored "Hard Luck: The Triumph and Tragedy of 'Irish' Jerry Quarry," the compelling biography of one of the most popular heavyweight fighters of all time.
Quarry fought Ali, Frazier, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Floyd Patterson, Earnie Shavers and other legendary opponents in a renaissance era of heavyweight boxing. He never won a title, and despised the label of "The Great White Hope" that had been bestowed upon him.
Quarry ultimately suffered and died from pugilistic dementia, a disease that also killed his younger brother, former light heavyweight contender Mike Quarry.
Enjoy this in-depth interview with Chavez, who wrote the story of Quarry and his colorful family along with former LA Times sports writer Steve Springer.