Earnie Shavers, hard-punching boxer with 68 knockouts

Earnie Shavers, whose thunderous punches

stopped 68 fighters and earned him heavyweight title fights 

with Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes

The Associated Press in a telephone call from Liverpool, England

that Shavers died on Thursday in Virginia at the home 

 traveled a lot and slowed down all the sudden,

 Rainford said when asked about a cause of death.