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In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and two months, Bob Foster fought 65 times with 56 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw.
Foster retired from professional boxing with a record of 56-8-1, which included four light-heavyweight world-title wins and 14 successful title defense fights. He had a 70.8% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 46 of his total 65 fights being knockout wins, 11 of which were in title fights. Foster suffered six knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Joe Frazier in a heavyweight title fight.
His last fight was a 2nd round TKO defeat to Bob Hazelton on June 2, 1978.
Some of Foster's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Dick Tiger, Vicente Rondón, Mike Quarry, Brian Kelly, Hal Carroll, Roger Rouse, and Andy Kendall.
|65||Jun 2, 1978||36||Bob Hazelton||Loss||TKO2|
|64||Feb 9, 1978||35||Mustafa Wassaja||Loss||RTD5|
|63||Sep 2, 1977||35||Bob Hazelton||Win||KO10|
|62||Sep 25, 1976||34||Al Bolden||Win||KO6|
|61||Aug 28, 1976||34||Harold Carter||Win||UD|
|60||May 8, 1976||34||Al Bolden||Win||KO3|
|59||Jun 28, 1975||33||Bill Hardney||Win||KO3|
|58||Jun 17, 1974||32||Jorge Ahumada||Draw *||SD|
|57||Dec 1, 1973||31||Pierre Fourie||Win *||UD|
|56||Aug 21, 1973||31||Pierre Fourie||Win *||UD|
|55||Nov 21, 1972||30||Muhammad Ali||Loss||KO8|
|54||Sep 26, 1972||30||Chris Finnegan||Win *||KO14|
|53||Jun 27, 1972||30||Mike Quarry||Win *||KO4|
|52||Apr 7, 1972||29||Vicente Rondón||Win *||KO2|
|51||Dec 16, 1971||29||Brian Kelly||Win *||TKO3|
|50||Oct 30, 1971||29||Tommy Hicks||Win *||TKO8|
|49||Aug 17, 1971||29||Vernon McIntosh||Win||TKO3|
|48||Apr 24, 1971||28||Ray Anderson||Win *||UD|
|47||Mar 2, 1971||28||Hal Carroll||Win *||TKO4|
|46||Nov 18, 1970||28||Joe Frazier||Loss *||KO2|
|45||Jun 27, 1970||28||Mark Tessman||Win *||TKO10|
|44||Apr 4, 1970||27||Roger Rouse||Win *||TKO4|
|43||Mar 9, 1970||27||Roy Wallace||Win||KO6|
|42||Feb 24, 1970||27||Bill Hardney||Win||TKO4|
|41||Nov 2, 1969||27||Chuck Leslie||Win||TKO5|
|40||Jun 19, 1969||27||Levan Roundtree||Win||TKO4|
|39||May 24, 1969||27||Andy Kendall||Win *||TKO4|
|38||Jan 22, 1969||26||Frank DePaula||Win *||TKO1|
|37||Sep 9, 1968||26||Roger Rouse||Win||TKO5|
|36||Aug 26, 1968||26||Eddie Vick||Win||TKO9|
|35||Jul 29, 1968||26||Charley Polite||Win||TKO3|
|34||May 24, 1968||26||Dick Tiger||Win *||KO4|
|33||Dec 5, 1967||25||Sonny Moore||Win||KO5|
|32||Nov 20, 1967||25||Eddie Vick||Win||UD|
|31||Oct 25, 1967||25||Levan Roundtree||Win||KO8|
|30||Jun 9, 1967||25||Henry Matthews||Win||TKO2|
|29||May 8, 1967||25||Eddie Cotton||Win||KO3|
|28||Feb 27, 1967||24||Andres Antonio Selpa||Win||KO2|
|27||Jan 16, 1967||24||Jim Robinson||Win||KO1|
|26||Dec 6, 1966||24||LeRoy Green||Win||KO2|
|25||Dec 6, 1965||23||Zora Folley||Loss||UD|
|24||Jul 26, 1965||23||Henry Hank||Win||UD|
|23||May 24, 1965||23||Chuck Leslie||Win||TKO3|
|22||Mar 21, 1965||22||Dave Russell||Win||TKO6|
|21||Feb 15, 1965||22||Bobby Rascon||Win||KO2|
|20||Dec 11, 1964||22||Henry Hank||Win||TKO9|
|19||Nov 23, 1964||22||Norman Letcher||Win||TKO1|
|18||Nov 11, 1964||22||Don Quinn||Win||KO1|
|17||Jul 10, 1964||22||Ernie Terrell||Loss||TKO7|
|16||May 8, 1964||22||Allen Thomas||Win||TKO1|
|15||Feb 25, 1964||21||Dave Bailey||Win||KO1|
|14||Dec 11, 1963||21||Willi Besmanoff||Win||KO3|
|13||Nov 7, 1963||21||Mauro Mina||Loss||UD|
|12||Apr 29, 1963||21||Curtis Bruce||Win||KO4|
|11||Feb 18, 1963||20||Richard Benjamin||Win||KO1|
|10||Oct 20, 1962||20||Doug Jones||Loss||TKO8|
|9||Jun 27, 1962||20||Bert Whitehurst||Win||SD|
|8||May 19, 1962||20||Billy Tisdale||Win||TKO2|
|7||Dec 4, 1961||19||Clarence Floyd||Win||KO4|
|6||Nov 21, 1961||19||Ernie Knox||Win||TKO3|
|5||Aug 8, 1961||19||Floyd McCoy||Win||PTS|
|4||Jun 22, 1961||19||Ray Bryan||Win||TKO2|
|3||May 8, 1961||19||Billy Johnson||Win||PTS|
|2||Apr 3, 1961||18||Clarence Ryan||Win||PTS|
|1||Mar 27, 1961||18||Duke Williams||Win||KO2|
* World-title fight
Bob Foster (The Deputy Sheriff) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. on April 27, 1942. He was a light-heavyweight world champion. He died on November 21, 2015 at the age of 73 years. Foster was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1961 to 1978.
Foster made his professional boxing debut against Duke Williams at the age of 18 on March 27, 1961, defeating Williams via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 8 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 4 wins via stoppage.
He had his first world title fight at the age of 26 on May 24, 1968 after 33 professional fights, against Dick Tiger for the light-heavyweight WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Tiger via 4th round KO to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.
Bob Foster was a two-time undisputed light-heavyweight world champion, and won four world titles at light-heavyweight. For all the details about Foster's world title wins and defenses refer to "Bob Foster World Titles".
Foster had a total of eight losses in his professional boxing career.
His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Bob Hazelton at 36 years of age, on June 2, 1978. Foster lost the fight via 2nd round TKO.
For a very detailed list Foster's fights refer to "All of Bob Foster's fights".
Foster fought a total of 65 times during his professional career, which includes 16 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some incredible performances in his fights. These eight fights are the highlight of his career.
May 24, 1968: Foster becomes the undisputed light-heavyweight world champion in his first world-title fight by beating Dick Tiger via 4th round KO. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight world-champion belts.
January 22, 1969: Foster successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Frank DePaula, winning the fight via 1st round TKO.
May 24, 1969: Foster successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Andy Kendall, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.
April 4, 1970: Foster successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Roger Rouse, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.
March 2, 1971: Foster successfully defends the WBC and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Hal Carroll, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.
December 16, 1971: Foster successfully defends the WBC and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Brian Kelly, winning the fight via 3rd round TKO.
April 7, 1972: Foster becomes the undisputed light-heavyweight world champion by defeating Vicente Rondón via 2nd round KO. He now holds the WBC, The Ring, and WBA light-heavyweight world-champion belts.
June 27, 1972: Foster successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Mike Quarry, winning the fight via 4th round KO.
Foster was a light-heavyweight world champion. He held four world titles at the light-heavyweight weight division, all four of which were lineal championship wins.
|Weight Division||World Titles Held|
|Light-heavyweight||WBA 2x, WBC, The Ring|