Buster Mathis

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Buster Mathis
Statistics
Real name Buster Mathis
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1943-06-11)June 11, 1943
Sledge, Mississippi
Died September 6, 1995(1995-09-06) (aged 52)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 30
Wins by KO 21
Losses 4
Draws 0

Buster Mathis (June 11, 1943 – September 6, 1995) was a boxer who had a very successful career as an amateur heavyweight boxer. He qualified for a spot in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. However, he was injured and was unable to compete there. Instead of him, the fighter Mathis beat in the Olympic Trials went to the Olympics. This fighter was the legendary Joe Frazier, who went on to win the gold medal.

Professional career[edit]

Mathis turned professional in June 1965 with a second round knockout victory over Bob Maynard. Buster Mathis went on to win his next 22 contests as well and qualified for a shot at the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title, which had become vacant after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the United States army. The fight was to be held March 4, 1968 in New York's Madison Square Garden and the fighter he had to beat for the championship was Joe Frazier, his old nemesis. Mathis made a promising start to the contest but could not keep up with the lighter Frazier and lost the fight by an 11th round knockout.

Buster Mathis continued to fight in the following years, outpointing highly regarded ironman George Chuvalo, but losing on points to Jerry Quarry - a fight Mathis was favoured to win. Mathis retired after losing to Quarry in 1969, but returned in 1971 to box Muhammad Ali for the NABF belt, losing on points over 12 rounds. Ali was later criticized for not finishing Mathis in the final rounds of the fight.[1]

After Mathis was knocked out in three rounds in August 1972 by fast-rising puncher Ron Lyle, he decided to retire for good from boxing. Mathis suffered from various health problems in later years, such as diabetes and kidney problems. He suffered a heart attack and two strokes. His compulsive eating had ballooned his weight to 550 pounds and, in 1995, he died of a heart attack at age of 52.

He won 30 fights (21 by KO) and lost 4 with his only professional losses coming against Joe Frazier, Jerry Quarry, Muhammad Ali and Ron Lyle.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (21 knockouts, 9 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions)[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 30-4 United States Ron Lyle KO 2 29 Sep 1972 United States Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado Mathis knocked out at 2:58 of the second round.
Win 30-3 United States Humphrey McBride TKO 3 5 Sep 1972 United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma World Super Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:34 of the third round.
Loss 29-3 United States Muhammad Ali UD 12 17 Nov 1971 United States Astrodome, Houston, Texas WBC NABF Heavyweight Title. 105-118, 104-118, 108-119.
Loss 29-2 United States Jerry Quarry UD 12 24 Mar 1969 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 2-9, 1-10, 1-10.
Win 29-1 Canada George Chuvalo UD 12 3 Feb 1969 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 10-2, 9-3, 8-3.
Win 28-1 United States J.J. Woody TKO 6 26 Sep 1968 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Win 27-1 United States Dick Wipperman UD 10 16 Sep 1968 United States County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win 26-1 United States Amos Lincoln SD 10 5 Sep 1968 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California 9-1, 11-0, 4-5.
Win 25-1 United States J.J. Beattie TKO 7 25 Jul 1968 United States Met Center, Bloomington, Minnesota
Win 24-1 United States M.J. Turnbow TKO 7 30 Apr 1968 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 2:44 of the seventh round.
Loss 23-1 United States Joe Frazier TKO 11 4 Mar 1968 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City NYSAC World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the 11th round.
Win 23-0 South Africa Gerry de Bruyn KO 1 26 Dec 1967 Sweden Frolundaborg, Gothenburg Bruyn knocked out at 0:36 of the first round.
Win 22-0 Peru Roberto Davila TKO 7 18 Nov 1967 Sweden Johanneshov, Stockholm
Win 21-0 United States Ron Marsh TKO 4 18 Sep 1967 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the fourth round.
Win 20-0 United States Wayne Heath KO 5 2 Aug 1967 United States Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California Heath knocked out at 1:16 of the fifth round.
Win 19-0 United States Sonny S.D. Moore TKO 5 23 May 1967 United States Saint Louis, Missouri Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the fifth round.
Win 18-0 United States Ed "Baker Boy" Hurley KO 1 12 May 1967 United States Detroit, Michigan
Win 17-0 United States Waban Thomas KO 1 6 Feb 1967 United States Astrodome, Houston, Texas Thomas knocked out at 2:23 of the first round.
Win 16-0 United States E.S. Andrews KO 2 17 Nov 1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine Andrews knocked out at 2:10 of the second round.
Win 15-0 Canada Johnny Barazza KO 1 2 Nov 1966 United States Civic Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Win 14-0 United States Earl Averette TKO 3 28 Sep 1966 United States Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Win 13-0 United States Bob Stallings SD 10 15 Sep 1966 United States Armory, Akron, Ohio
Win 12-0 United States Mert Brownfield KO 1 29 Aug 1966 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Win 11-0 Canada Charley E. Chase UD 6 28 Jul 1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 10-0 United States Everett Copeland KO 2 23 Jun 1966 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Copeland knocked out at 2:27 of the second round.
Win 9-0 United States Tom Swift KO 1 16 Jun 1966 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 8-0 United States Charley Polite PTS 6 16 Feb 1966 United States Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
Win 7-0 United States Mike Bruce TKO 5 19 Jan 1966 United States Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
Win 6-0 United States Chuck Wepner TKO 3 7 Jan 1966 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 1:58 of the third round.
Win 5-0 United States Charlie Lee PTS 6 15 Dec 1965 United States Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
Win 4-0 United States Bob Stallings UD 6 23 Sep 1965 United States Grand Rapids, Michigan
Win 3-0 Canada Bob Maynard PTS 4 30 Aug 1965 Canada Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec
Win 2-0 Johnny Shore TKO 2 28 Aug 1965 Canada Rock Island, Quebec Referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.
Win 1-0 Canada Bob Maynard TKO 2 28 Jun 1965 Canada Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec

Personal life[edit]

His son Buster Mathis Jr. was to later become a successful fighter, and was to take on Mike Tyson in 1995. His son Cole, was born in China in 1992, in Shanghai.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Maule, Tex (1971-11-09). "Got To Look Good To Allah". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=7001&cat=boxer

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