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Bob Foster (boxer)

Bob Foster
Bob Foster c. 1972
Statistics
Real name Robert Lloyd Foster
Nickname(s) The Deputy Sheriff
Rated at Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1938-04-27) April 27, 1938
Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 65
Wins 56
Wins by KO 46
Losses 8
Draws 1
No contests 0

Bob Foster (born April 27, 1938) is a retired American light-heavyweight and heavyweight professional boxer. Known as "The Deputy Sheriff", Foster is one of the greatest light heavyweight champions in boxing history. He won the undisputed light heavyweight championship from Dick Tiger in 1964 via fourth round knockout, and went on to defend his crown fourteen times in total from 1968 to 1974. Foster challenged heavyweight kings Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali during his career, but was knocked out by both fighters. He retired from professional boxing in 1978, at the age of 40.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • World light-heavyweight champion 2
  • Frazier vs Foster 3
  • Ali vs Foster 4
  • Retirement and comeback 5
  • Life after boxing 6
  • Professional boxing record 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early years

Foster started his professional career on the night of March 27, 1961, against Duke Williams, in Washington, D.C., winning by a knockout in two rounds. The first 12 bouts of his career were spent campaigning in the United States' Eastern coast and in Canada. In his tenth bout, he made his first of multiple forays into the Heavyweight division, and suffered his first loss, at the hands of Doug Jones by a knockout in the eighth round.

After two more wins, he went in 1963 to Peru, where he lost to South American champion Mauro Mina by a decision in ten rounds at Lima.

Three more fights back in the States resulted in quick knockout wins for him, and then, in 1964, he made his second attempt at entering the heavyweight rankings, being knocked out in the seventh by future world Heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell. He finished the year by posting three more knockout wins at Light Heavyweight, two of them on one night: November 11. That was the night that Foster's first fight of note as a light-heavyweight took place: One month after knocking out Don Quinn in the first round, he stepped up in the ring again and faced former world title challenger Henry Hank. He beat Hank by a knockout in the tenth.

In 1965, he had five fights, winning four and losing one. He beat Hank again, by decision in 12, and lost to Zora Folley, by a decision in ten, in another attempt at joining the Heavyweight top ten.

In 1966 he defeated Leroy Green in two rounds.

By 1967, Foster, although his attempts to become a top Heavyweight were being frustrated, was a ranked light-heavyweight. He decided to stick to the light-heavyweight division for the time being, and he won all seven of his fights, six by knockout. Among the fighters he beat were Eddie Cotton, Eddie Vick, and Sonny Moore. After defeating Moore, Foster was the world's number one ranked Light Heavyweight challenger.

World light-heavyweight champion

In 1968, Foster got his first shot at a world title. At Charlie Polite by a knockout in three. He ended that year defeating Vick again, and his future world title challenger Roger Rouse, both by a knockout.

In 1969, he began by rising off the canvas to knock out Frank De Paula in the same first round and retain his belt. It is believed that was the first time ever a boxer won a world title fight in the first round after being floored in that same round. It is also believed that that fight is one of only three times that's happened... the second time being in 1984, when Juan Meza rose off a knockdown to dethrone world Jr. Featherweight champion Jaime Garza in the same first round too. It also happened in the 21st century, when Kendall Holt was dropped twice, only to knockout Ricardo Torres in round 1, for the WBO 140 lb title.

Foster's next fight in 1969 was against Andy Kendall, whom he beat in four rounds by knockout, to once again retain the crown. He closed the 1960s with two more knockout wins.

Frazier vs Foster

In 1970, Foster made two more trips to the heavyweights. In the first, he beat fringe contender Cookie Wallace in six rounds by knockout. This was followed by a return to the light-heavyweight division to defend his title against Rouse. Infuriated by some comments that Rouse's manager had made before the bout concerning the fact that even though Foster knocked out Rouse in their first bout he was not able to drop him, Foster dropped Rouse five times en route to a fourth round knockout victory. A knockout in 10 to retain the battle against Mark Tessman followed, and then he was given the chance to challenge for the world heavyweight title. Facing world champion Joe Frazier on the night of November 18 in Detroit, he was knocked out in two rounds.

After defeating Hal Carroll by a knockout in four rounds to defend his crown, the WBA stripped him of the title, but he remained as world champion on the WBC. Foster became enraged at the WBA, which proceeded to have Vicente Rondon of Venezuela and Jimmy Dupree fight for the world title. Rondon won, becoming the second Latin American world light-heavyweight champion (after José Torres), and Foster set his eyes on him. Foster went on defending his WBC title, and he defeated challengers Ray Anderson, Tommy Hicks, and Brian Kelly. Of those three, it was Anderson who was the only one to last the 15 round distance with Foster.

Ali vs Foster

Foster and Rondon met in Miami on April 7, 1972, in a unification bout. Foster became the undisputed world champion once again, by knocking Rondon out in the second round. In his next fight, he used what many critics have called one of the best punches in history to retain his title by a knockout in four against Mike Quarry. Foster then went up in weight and faced former and future world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, in what was legendary referee Mills Lane's first bout of note as a referee. Foster lost to Ali by a knockout in the eighth, after being knocked down 7 times.

In 1973, Foster retained his title twice against Pierre Fourie, both by decision. Their second fight had a distinct social impact because it was fought in Apartheid-ruled South Africa, Foster being Black and Fourie being White. Foster became a hero to South African Blacks by beating Fourie the first time around, and in their rematch, the first boxing fight in South Africa after Apartheid featuring a White versus a Black, he cemented that position by defeating Fourie on points again. However, as Mark Mathabane noted in his autobiography Kaffir Boy, South Africa's black population also felt betrayed by Foster since he didn't address Apartheid during his time in South Africa.

Retirement and comeback

His last defense as world light-heavyweight champion came in 1974, when he was dropped by

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Tiger
World Light Heavyweight Champion
May 24, 1968 – September 16, 1974
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Michael Spinks
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
May 24, 1968 – December 9, 1970
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Vicente Rondon
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
May 24, 1968 – September 16, 1974
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
John Conteh
Preceded by
Vicente Rondon
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
April 7, 1972 – September 16, 1974
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Victor Galindez
Awards
Preceded by
Carlos Ortiz
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1968
Succeeded by
Joe Frazier
  • Professional boxing record for Bob Foster from BoxRec
  • New Mexico Boxing, the Bob Foster story
  • http://www.bobfosterboxing.net

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ Bob Foster's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-27.

References

See also

56 Wins (46 KOs), 8 Losses (6 KOs), 1 Draw[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 56–8–1 Bob Hazelton TKO 2 (?),
?
1978-06-02 Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, Kansas
Loss 56–7–1 Mustafa Wassaja RTD 5 (8),
-
1978-02-09 K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen
Win 56–6–1 Bob Hazelton KO 10 (10),
0:22
1977-09-02 Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Win 55–6–1 Al Bolden KO 6 (10),
?
1976-09-25 Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Win 54–6–1 Harold Carter UD 10 1976-09-25 Eagles Aerie, Missoula, Montana
Win 53–6–1 Al Bolden KO 3 (10),
?
1976-05-08 Adams Field House, Missoula, Montana
Win 52–6–1 Bill Hardney KO 3 (10),
1:26
1975-06-28 Sweeney Gym, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Draw 51–6–1 Jorge Ahumada PTS 15 1974-06-17 University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 51–6 Pierre Fourie UD 15 1973-12-01 Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 50–6 Pierre Fourie UD 15 1973-08-21 University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Loss 49–6 Muhammad Ali KO 8 (12),
0:40
1972-11-21 Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada For NABF heavyweight title.
Win 49–5 Chris Finnegan KO 14 (15),
0:55
1972-09-26 Empire Pool, Wembley, London Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
The Ring Fight of the Year 1972.
Win 48–5 Mike Quarry KO 4 (15),
?
1972-06-27 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 47–5 Vicente Rondón KO 4 (15),
2:55
1972-06-27 Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC, & won WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 46–5 Brian Kelly TKO 3 (15),
1:56
1971-12-16 Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC light-heavyweight titles.
Win 45–5 Tommy Hicks TKO 8 (15),
?
1971-10-30 Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC light-heavyweight titles.
Win 44–5 Vernon McIntosh TKO 3 (10),
0:37
1971-08-17 Miami Beach, Florida
Win 43–5 Ray Anderson UD 15 1971-04-24 Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC light-heavyweight titles.
Win 42–5 Hal Carroll TKO 4 (15),
2:32
1971-03-02 Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC light-heavyweight titles.
Loss 41–5 Joe Frazier KO 2 (15),
0:49
1970-11-18 Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan For WBC/WBA heavyweight titles.
Win 41–4 Mark Tessman TKO 10 (15),
?
1970-06-27 Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 40–4 Roger Rouse TKO 4 (15),
?
1970-04-04 Adams Field House, Missoula, Montana Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 39–4 Roy Wallace KO 6 (10),
?
1970-03-09 Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 38–4 Bill Hardney TKO 4 (10),
?
1970-02-24 Orlando, Florida
Win 37–4 Chuck Leslie TKO 5 (10),
2:58
1969-11-02 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 36–4 Levan Roundtree TKO 4 (10),
2:10
1969-06-19 Atlanta, Georgia
Win 35–4 Andy Kendall TKO 4 (15),
1:15
1969-05-24 Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 34–4 Frank DePaula TKO 1 (15),
2:17
1969-01-22 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 33–4 Roger Rouse TKO 5 (10),
2:34
1968-09-09 Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
Win 32–4 Eddie Vick TKO 9 (10),
?
1968-08-26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 31–4 Charley Polite TKO 3 (10),
?
1968-07-29 Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts
Win 30–4 Dick Tiger KO 4 (15),
2:05
1968-05-24 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won Lineal/The Ring/WBC/WBA light-heavyweight titles.
Win 29–4 Sonny Moore KO 5 (10),
?
1967-12-05 Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
Win 28–4 Eddie Vick UD 10 1967-11-20 Providence Coliseum, Providence, Rhode Island
Win 27–4 Levan Roundtree KO 8 (10),
1:35
1967-10-25 Washington, D.C.
Win 26–4 Henry Matthews TKO 2 (10),
?
1967-06-09 Starland Arena, Roanoke, Virginia
Win 25–4 Eddie Cotton KO 3 (12),
1:58
1967-05-08 Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
Win 24–4 Andres Antonio Selpa KO 2 (10),
2:30
1967-02-27 Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
Win 23–4 Jim Robinson KO 1 (10),
?
1967-01-16 Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
Win 22–4 LeRoy Green KO 2 (?),
?
1966-12-06 Norfolk Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
Loss 21–4 Zora Folley UD 10 1965-12-06 Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 21–3 Henry Hank UD 12 1965-07-26 Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 20–3 Chuck Leslie TKO 3 (10),
2:58
1965-05-24 Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 19–3 Dave Russell TKO 6 (10),
1:30
1965-03-21 Norfolk Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 18–3 Bobby Rascon KO 2 (10),
?
1965-02-15 Albuquerque Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 17–3 Henry Hank TKO 9 (10),
?
1964-12-11 Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 16–3 Norman Letcher TKO 1 (10),
0:43
1964-11-23 Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Win 15–3 Don Quinn KO 1 (10),
1:07
1964-11-11 Norfolk, Virginia
Loss 14–3 Ernie Terrell TKO 7 (10),
0:58
1964-07-10 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 14–2 Allen Thomas TKO 1 (10),
1:26
1964-05-08 Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Win 13–2 Dave Bailey KO 1 (6),
?
1964-02-25 Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 12–2 Willi Besmanoff KO 3 (10),
?
1963-12-11 Norfolk, Virginia
Loss 11–2 Mauro Mina UD 10 1963-11-07 Estadio Nacional, Lima
Win 11–1 Curtis Bruce KO 4 (?),
?
1963-04-29 Capitol Arena, Washington, D.C.
Win 10–1 Richard Benjamin KO 1 (8),
?
1963-02-18 Capitol Arena, Washington, D.C.
Loss 9–1 Doug Jones TKO 8 (10),
0:23
1962-10-20 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 9–0 Bert Whitehurst SD 8 1962-06-27 Sunnyside Garden, Sunnyside, Queens, New York, New York
Win 8–0 Billy Tisdale TKO 2 (6),
?
1962-05-19 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
Win 7–0 Clarence Floyd KO 4 (6),
2:56
1961-12-04 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario
Win 6–0 Ernie Knox TKO 3 (6),
?
1961-11-21 Norfolk, Virginia
Win 5–0 Floyd McCoy PTS 6 1961-08-08 Delormier Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win 4–0 Ray Bryan TKO 2 (6),
?
1961-06-22 Forum, Montreal, Quebec
Win 3–0 Billy Johnson PTS 4 1961-05-08 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
Win 2–0 Clarence Ryan PTS 4 1961-04-03 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
Win 1–0 Duke Williams KO 2 (4),
?
1961-03-27 Capitol Arena, Washington, District of Columbia Professional debut.

Professional boxing record

Foster had a record of 56 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw, with 46 wins coming by knockout. He was named to Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers. He was also named to Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years, ranking at #55.

Later on, the avid autograph signer was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In his retirement, the former world champion joined the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and became a detective, where he would become a well known officer in the Albuquerque area.

Life after boxing

Foster would return to the ring in 1975, winning a series of 10 round contests, before retiring for good after back-to-back stoppage losses in 1978.

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