|Real name||MacArthur Foster|
|Nickname(s)||Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno|
June 27, 1942|
Alexandria, VA, United States
|Died||July 19, 2010
Fresno, CA, United States
|Wins by KO||30|
MacArthur "Mac" Foster (June 27, 1942 – July 19, 2010) was an American heavyweight boxer noted for big hitting. He was a one time no 1 contender and fought several big names, among them Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry.
The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Foster was a 6' 2" United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran. Born in Alexandria, Virginia he grew up in Fresno, California, the third of eleven children. His father was a nurse. Foster picked grapes and cotton as a youth. Fresno State University offered Foster a track and field scholarship out of Washington High School, but he volunteered for the United States Marines instead. In the service, Foster won fourteen amateur boxing titles. After a military discharge, Foster turned pro, becoming the third Fresno boxer of note (Young Corbett III was a world welterweight champion and Wayne Thornton rose through the rankings to become a number one heavyweight contender in 1970. Foster trained with Pat DiFuria at the Merced Street Gym.[dead link]
Known as Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno, Foster made his professional debut in 1966, winning his first 24 fights by knockout, and was named Ring Magazine progress of the year for 1969. As Britain's Boxing Illustrated magazine put it 'He could certainly whack!'.
By 1970, Foster was ranked as the world's number one heavyweight contender and seemed set for a title shot, but his 24-0 winning streak came to an end when as favourite he was stopped in six rounds by the more experienced Jerry Quarry in June 1970. After the Quarry fight, Foster knocked out ageing but well rated Zora Folley in one round.
In April 1972 Foster faced Muhammad Ali in Tokyo. Although he scuppered Ali's prediction of a fifth round stoppage by lasting the distance, Foster lost a clear decision to the former champion. But Foster was cheered for his spirited attempt.
Foster served as George Foreman's sparring partner for Foreman's world title bout with Ken Norton in 1974. He retired from boxing in 1976 after losing his fourth consecutive decision, this time to prospect Stan Ward. Foster's final record was 30-6, with all 30 of his wins coming by knockout.
After retiring, Foster volunteered his time as boxing coach for youth.
Foster died of MRSA on Monday, July 19, 2010. He was 68. Foster was survived by his wife Yolanda and their four children, Gregory, Joshua, Nathaniel and Nicole. He was buried at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California.
Professional boxing record
|30 Wins (30 knockouts), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions) |
|Loss||4-0-2||Stan Ward||UD||10||February 26, 1976||San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California|
|Loss||29-8-3||Henry Clark||UD||10||May 30, 1974||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California||1-7, 1-7, 3-7.|
|Loss||44-6-1||Joe Bugner||PTS||10||November 13, 1973||Empire Pool, Wembley, London||96.5-100.|
|Loss||16-25||Bob Stallings||SD||10||June 30, 1973||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||9-5-1||Charles "Hercules" Williams||KO||10||May 3, 1973||Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||12-3-1||Sam McGill||TKO||9||April 11, 1973||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois||Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the ninth round.|
|Loss||34-1||Muhammad Ali||UD||15||April 1, 1972||Nihon Budokan, Tokyo||65-73, 67-75, 66-74.|
|Win||30-7||Giuseppe Ros||KO||8||December 26, 1971||Hallenstadion, Zurich|
|Win||10-8-3||Billy Joiner||KO||5||July 29, 1971||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||Joiner knocked out at 2:55 of the fifth round.|
|Win||13-0||Mike Boswell||TKO||4||March 25, 1971||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the fourth round.|
|Win||79-10-6||Zora Folley||KO||1||September 29, 1970||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Folley knocked out at 3:04 of the first round.|
|Loss||35-4-4||Jerry Quarry||KO||6||June 17, 1970||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Foster knocked out at 2:05 of the sixth round.|
|Win||18-6-2||Jack O'Halloran||KO||1||April 9, 1970||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||Jack knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Win||15-7||Jimmy Rossette||KO||4||March 24, 1970||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Jimmy knocked out at 1:30 of the fourth round.|
|Win||14-8-1||Bob Felstein||KO||2||December 16, 1969||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Bob knocked out at 3:05 of the second round.|
|Win||71-9-1||Cleveland Williams||KO||3||November 18, 1969||Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas|
|Win||71-8-1||Cleveland Williams||TKO||5||September 13, 1969||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the fifth round.|
|Win||11-5-2||Roger Russell||TKO||3||August 19, 1969||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||32-8||Thad Spencer||KO||1||May 20, 1969||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Spencer knocked out at 3:09 of the first round.|
|Win||29-12-2||Roger Rischer||KO||4||January 21, 1969||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Rischer knocked out at 2:44 of the fourth round.|
|Win||17-3-1||Joe Hemphill||TKO||3||November 27, 1968||Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||17-14-3||Tommy Fields||TKO||5||August 16, 1968||Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 1:23 of the fifth round.|
|Win||7-2||Tommy Burns||KO||1||August 8, 1968||Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington||Burns knocked out at 1:30 of the first round.|
|Win||28-20-1||Curtis Bruce||TKO||3||July 9, 1968||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the third round.|
|Win||20-26-2||Sonny Moore||KO||2||April 2, 1968||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Moore knocked out at 2:50 of the second round.|
|Win||10-3||Steve Grant||TKO||2||February 27, 1968||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||17-7-2||Hubert Hilton||TKO||5||January 23, 1968||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fifth round.|
|Win||5-2-1||Roy Wallace||KO||7||November 28, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Wallace knocked out at 1:25 of the seventh round.|
|Win||3-5||Ray Junior Ellis||KO||2||October 11, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||22-14-3||Floyd Joyner||TKO||7||August 29, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||27-24-7||Lino Armenteros||KO||3||June 13, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Lino knocked out at 1:45 of the third round.|
|Win||4-2||Lou Phillips||KO||3||May 9, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Phillips knocked out at 1:54 of the third round.|
|Win||2-3-1||L.J. Wheeler||TKO||6||March 14, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the sixth round.|
|Win||3-4-2||Sam Wyatt||KO||1||February 6, 1967||Selland Arena, Fresno, California||Wyatt knocked out at 1:37 of the first round.|
|Win||4-3-1||Leroy Birmingham||KO||1||January 5, 1967||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||0-1||Jimmy Gilmore||KO||3||November 28, 1966||Las Vegas, Nevada|
- Jeff Davis (July 19, 2010). "Mac Foster, former boxer from Fresno, dies". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved July 20, 2010.[dead link]
- "Professional boxing record for Mac Foster". BoxRec. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
- Mac "The Knife" Foster at Find a Grave