Flags At Half-Staff For Bob Foster

HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BOB FOSTER

CANASTOTA, NY – NOVEMBER 22, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of light heavyweight champion Bob Foster, who passed away yesterday in Albuquerque. He was 76.

“Bob Foster was a truly great light heavyweight champion and one of the most devastating punchers in boxing history,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing and offer our condolences to his entire family.”

The fighting pride of Albuquerque, NM, Foster turned pro in 1961. With a 79 inch reach and one of the best left hooks in boxing, the 6-foot-3 Foster began a steady march to the light heavyweight title. He captured the championship in 1968 with a 4th round knockout over Hall of Famer Dick Tiger. An impressive string of 14 successful defenses followed including wins over Vicente Rondon, Mike Quarry, Chris Finnegan and Pierre Fourie. Foster retired in 1978 with a pro record of 56-8-1 (46 KOs). After hanging up the gloves he had a long career in law enforcement in Albuquerque.

In 1990 Foster was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

First and foremost, my greatest condolences to the Fam, love ones and friends of one of the greatest over-looked, least-appreciate, pound-for-pound pugs of all times. BF is one of the fewest light heavyweight champions to never be beaten by a fellow light heavyweight or a coming-up-to-light-heavy middleweight. BTW, BF was a fighting lawman. He would take leaves of absence without pay to train and scrap at a time when money was not plentiful in da fight game for a light heavy. May he enjoy all the afterlife benefits after being such a decent human in this short, tipsy-turvy life. Holla!