Bob Foster (The Deputy Sheriff) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. on April 27, 1942. Foster made his professional boxing debut at the age of 18 against Duke Williams on March 27, 1961. He was a light-heavyweight world champion. He died on November 21, 2015 at the age of 73 years. Foster is a Hall of Famer.
In a career spanning 17 years and 2 months, Bob Foster fought 65 times with 56 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw. By his last professional fight on June 2, 1978, Foster's record stood at 56-8-1 (46 KOs). In total, he fought 353 rounds of professional boxing in 65 bouts.
|Total Title Wins||4|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||11|
|Losses via KO||6|
|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|
Bob Foster was active from from 1961 to 1978. He started boxing professionally at 18 years of age; Foster debuted against Duke Williams on March 27, 1961, and defeated Williams via 2nd round KO.
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. Foster defeated Tiger via 4th round KO to become the new light-heavyweight champion of the world.
Foster's notable victories include wins over Dick Tiger, Vicente Rondón, Mike Quarry, Mark Tessman, Hal Carroll, Brian Kelly, and Tommy Hicks. For a complete list of Foster's best performances refer to Bob Foster's best fights.
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.
Foster was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990.
Bob Foster fought for world titles in three fights and won two of them. In total, he won four belts at light-heavyweight (WBA 2x, WBC, The Ring). He was a two-time undisputed light-heavyweight world champion.
|Apr 7, 1972+||Vicente Rondón||lHV||WBA|
|May 24, 1968+||Dick Tiger||lHV||WBA, WBC, The Ring|
Foster knocked out 46 of his 65 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 70.8%. Of his total 56 wins, 46 of them were via KO (82.1%).
Bob Foster had a total of eight losses in 65 fights — one of them in a title bout and seven in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Doug Jones via 8th round TKO in his 10th fight. He was stopped six times and lost two times via decision.