|Real name||Buster Mathis|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Born||June 11, 1943|
Sledge, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||September 6, 1995 (aged 52)|
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
|Wins by KO||21|
Buster Mathis (June 11, 1943 – September 6, 1995) was an American boxer.
Mathis had a successful career as an amateur heavyweight boxer. He qualified for a spot in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but had to withdraw due to an injury. He was replaced in the tournament by Joe Frazier who went on to win the gold medal.
Mathis turned professional in June 1965 with a second round knockout victory over Bob Maynard. He 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.
Buster Mathis continued to fight in the following years, outpointing 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.
A 1980 Sports Illustrated article featured interviews with Mathis and many of Muhammad Ali's other opponents. It reported Mathis worked in the trucking business after he retired from the ring.
Mathis had various health problems in later years, including two strokes, a heart attack, and kidney failure. He died of heart failure at age 52. His son Buster Mathis Jr. became a professional boxer, and fought Mike Tyson in 1995.
Professional boxing record
|30 Wins (21 knockouts, 9 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions)|
|Loss||30–4||Ron Lyle||KO||2||29 Sep 1972||Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado||Mathis knocked out at 2:58 of the second round.|
|Win||30–3||Humphrey McBride||TKO||3||5 Sep 1972||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||World Super Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:34 of the third round.|
|Loss||29–3||Muhammad Ali||UD||12||17 Nov 1971||Astrodome, Houston, Texas||WBC NABF Heavyweight Title. 105–118, 104–118, 108–119|
|Loss||29–2||Jerry Quarry||UD||12||24 Mar 1969||Madison Square Garden, New York City||2–9, 1–10, 1–10|
|Win||29–1||George Chuvalo||UD||12||3 Feb 1969||Madison Square Garden, New York City||10–2, 9–3, 8–3|
|Win||28–1||J.J. Woody||TKO||6||26 Sep 1968||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the sixth round.|
|Win||27–1||Dick Wipperman||UD||10||16 Sep 1968||County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Win||26–1||Amos Lincoln||SD||10||5 Sep 1968||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||9–1, 11–0, 4–5|
|Win||25–1||J.J. Beattie||TKO||7||25 Jul 1968||Met Center, Bloomington, Minnesota|
|Win||24–1||M.J. Turnbow||TKO||7||30 Apr 1968||Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida||Referee stopped the bout at 2:44 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||23–1||Joe Frazier||TKO||11||4 Mar 1968||Madison Square Garden, New York City||NYSAC World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the 11th round.|
|Win||23–0||Gerry de Bruyn||KO||1||26 Dec 1967||Frolundaborg, Gothenburg||Bruyn knocked out at 0:36 of the first round.|
|Win||22–0||Roberto Davila||TKO||7||18 Nov 1967||Johanneshov, Stockholm|
|Win||21–0||Ron Marsh||TKO||4||18 Sep 1967||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the fourth round.|
|Win||20–0||Wayne Heath||KO||5||2 Aug 1967||Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California||Heath knocked out at 1:16 of the fifth round.|
|Win||19–0||Sonny S.D. Moore||TKO||5||23 May 1967||Saint Louis, Missouri||Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the fifth round.|
|Win||18–0||Ed "Baker Boy" Hurley||KO||1||12 May 1967||Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||17–0||Waban Thomas||KO||1||6 Feb 1967||Astrodome, Houston, Texas||Thomas knocked out at 2:23 of the first round.|
|Win||16–0||E.S. Andrews||KO||2||17 Nov 1966||Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine||Andrews knocked out at 2:10 of the second round.|
|Win||15–0||Johnny Barazza||KO||1||2 Nov 1966||Civic Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Win||14–0||Earl Averette||TKO||3||28 Sep 1966||Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania|
|Win||13–0||Bob Stallings||SD||10||15 Sep 1966||Armory, Akron, Ohio|
|Win||12–0||Mert Brownfield||KO||1||29 Aug 1966||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||11–0||Charley E. Chase||UD||6||28 Jul 1966||Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine|
|Win||10–0||Everett Copeland||KO||2||23 Jun 1966||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Copeland knocked out at 2:27 of the second round.|
|Win||9–0||Tom Swift||KO||1||16 Jun 1966||Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine|
|Win||8–0||Charley Polite||PTS||6||16 Feb 1966||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York|
|Win||7–0||Mike Bruce||TKO||5||19 Jan 1966||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York|
|Win||6–0||Chuck Wepner||TKO||3||7 Jan 1966||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Referee stopped the bout at 1:58 of the third round.|
|Win||5–0||Charlie Lee||PTS||6||15 Dec 1965||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York|
|Win||4–0||Bob Stallings||UD||6||23 Sep 1965||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Win||3–0||Bob Maynard||PTS||4||30 Aug 1965||Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||2–0||Johnny Shore||TKO||2||28 Aug 1965||Rock Island, Quebec||Referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.|
|Win||1–0||Bob Maynard||TKO||2||28 Jun 1965||Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec|
- "BoxRec". boxrec.com.
- Maule, Tex (1971-11-09). "Got To Look Good To Allah". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "Buster Mathis Story | Bokssport | Train with Buster Mathis in Grand Rapids". Bokssport. Archived from the original on 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
- AP Archive (24 July 2015). "SYND 27 12 67 35 SECOND HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING MATCH BETWEEN BUSTER MATHIS AND GERRY DE BRUYN" – via YouTube.
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