56-8, 1 Draw, 46 KO’s
Bob Foster was an awesome light heavyweight champion. Very strong and powerful. He KO’d Dick Tiger in May of 1968 to win the light heavyweight Title for the first time. he won it twice beating Vicente Rondon in 1972 to regain his title.
- As an amateur Foster was the 1959 Pan American Games Middleweight Silver Medalist.
- Ranked 23rd on The Ring’s 1996 list of The Top 50 Fighters of the Last 50 Years.
- Ranked as the 8th Greatest Puncher of All-Time by The Ring in 2003.
“Fighters today are babied. Back in my day, we took risks and fought ‘em all.” -Bob Foster-
Forget his failed attempts at heavyweight being KO’d by Terrell, Ali, and Frazier, honor him for his accomplishments and the way he would ice his opponents at light heavyweight.
The 6’3 rangy Foster defended his title 14 straight times. against solid fighters. He retired in New Mexico as a detective for the sherrif department. Nosad stories here about Bob being broke or homeless. A true class act!
I met him twice, first time back in 96 when I was fighting at the National Golden Gloves in Cleveland Ohio, I told Bob then that light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill was not even in his league, he said I KNOW! lol…. i gave Foster the respect he deserved as he is a forgot champ.
The second time was at the boxing hall of fame in Canastota NY. He was gracious again.
He’s highly respected and admired by historians and anybody that understands the sweet science. Many say he would have crushed Michael Moore and Roy Jones Jr. Foster’s right hand was deadly, and his killer instinct, viscous.
Now watch for yourself.