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Bob Foster Bob Foster Statistics Real name Robert Lloyd Foster Rated at Light-Heavyweight Height 6'3" Nationality American Birth date December 15, 1938 ( 1938-12-15 ) (age 71) Birth place Albuquerque , New Mexico , United States Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 65 Wins 56 Wins by KO 46 Losses 8 Draws 1 No contests 0 Medal record Competitor for United States Men's Boxing Pan American Games Silver Chicago 1959 Middleweight

Bob Foster (born April 27, 1938) is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico , USA whom many boxing critics consider to be one of the greatest Light Heavyweight world champions in history. As an amateur he won a silver medal at the 1959 Pan American Games

Professional career

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

After two more wins, he went in 1963 to Peru , w 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: Minutes 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.

In 1968, Foster got his first shot at a world title. At Madison Square Garden in New York , on the night of May 24, Foster became world champion by knocking out the also late Dick Tiger in four rounds. Tiger had been a two time world Middleweight champion and was defending his world Light Heavyweight crown that night. Then, Foster decided to try on the Heavyweights once again, and he beat future George Foreman victim 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 two times that's happened, the second time being in 1984, when Juan Kid Mesa rose off a knockdown to dethrone world Jr. Featherweight champion Jaime Garza in the same first round too.

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...
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