Mac Foster

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Not to be confused with Marc Forster.
Mac Foster
Statistics
Real name MacArthur Foster
Nickname(s) Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1942-06-27)June 27, 1942
Alexandria, VA, United States
Died July 19, 2010(2010-07-19) (aged 68)
Fresno, CA, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 30
Wins by KO 30
Losses 6

MacArthur "Mac" Foster (June 27, 1942 – July 19, 2010) was an American heavyweight professional boxer. Foster competed from 1966 to 1976, and won 30 of 36 professional bouts. All wins by way of knockout. He scored notable stoppages of heavyweight contenders such as Thad Spencer, Cleveland Williams (twice)and Zora Folley. Foster went the distance against a prime Muhammad Ali in April 1972, losing by fifteen round unanimous decision.

He died on July 19, 2010. He was 68 years old.

Early life[edit]

The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Foster was a 6' 2" United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran.[1] Born in Alexandria, Virginia[2] 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][1]

Boxing career[edit]

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!'.[citation needed]

Whilst serving as a sparring partner for Sonny Liston, Foster reportedly knocked out the former world champion.[3]

In 1969 Foster twice knocked out a past his best Cleveland Williams. Thad Spencer was another notable win.

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 beat Ali's prediction of a fifth round stoppage by lasting the distance, Foster lost a clear decision to the former champion.

Foster followed up his loss to Ali with knockouts of journeymen Sam McGill and Charles Williams. He was then outpointed by Bob Stallings, Joe Bugner and Henry Clark in consecutive bouts.

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 retirement[edit]

After retiring, Foster volunteered his time as boxing coach for youth.[1]

Death[edit]

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.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (30 knockouts), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions) [5]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 30–6 United States Stan Ward UD 10 February 26, 1976 United States San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California
Loss 30–5 United States Henry Clark UD 10 May 30, 1974 United States Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California 1-7, 1-7, 3-7.
Loss 30–4 United Kingdom Joe Bugner PTS 10 November 13, 1973 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London 96.5-100.
Loss 30–3 United States Bob Stallings SD 10 June 30, 1973 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Win 30–2 United States Charles "Hercules" Williams KO 10 May 3, 1973 United States Chicago, Illinois
Win 29–2 United States Sam McGill TKO 9 April 11, 1973 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 28–2 United States Muhammad Ali UD 15 April 1, 1972 Japan Nihon Budokan, Tokyo 65-73, 67-75, 66-74.
Win 28–1 Italy Giuseppe Ros KO 8 December 26, 1971 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zurich
Win 27–1 United States Billy Joiner KO 5 July 29, 1971 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 26–1 United States Mike Boswell TKO 4 March 25, 1971 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 25–1 United States Zora Folley KO 1 September 29, 1970 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Folley knocked out at 3:04 of the first round.
Loss 24–1 United States Jerry Quarry KO 6 June 17, 1970 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Foster knocked out at 2:05 of the sixth round.
Win 24–0 United States Jack O'Halloran KO 1 April 9, 1970 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 23–0 United States Jimmy Rossette KO 4 March 24, 1970 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 22–0 Canada Bob Felstein KO 2 December 16, 1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 21–0 United States Cleveland Williams KO 3 November 18, 1969 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 20–0 United States Cleveland Williams TKO 5 September 13, 1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the fifth round.
Win 19–0 United States Roger Russell TKO 3 August 19, 1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 18–0 United States Thad Spencer KO 1 May 20, 1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 17–0 United States Roger Rischer KO 4 January 21, 1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 16–0 United States Joe Hemphill TKO 3 November 27, 1968 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15–0 United States Tommy Fields TKO 5 August 16, 1968 United States Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
Win 14–0 Canada Tommy Burns KO 1 August 8, 1968 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
Win 13–0 United States Curtis Bruce TKO 3 July 9, 1968 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 12–0 United States Sonny Moore KO 2 April 2, 1968 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Moore knocked out at 2:50 of the second round.
Win 11–0 United States Steve Grant TKO 2 February 27, 1968 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 10–0 United States Hubert Hilton TKO 5 January 23, 1968 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 9–0 United States Roy Wallace KO 7 November 28, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 8–0 United States Ray Junior Ellis KO 2 October 11, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win 7–0 United States Floyd Joyner TKO 7 August 29, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Joyner down in the sixth and seventh rounds. Foster caught Joyner in a barrage of punches and the referee stopped the bout at 1:45.
Win 6–0 Cuba Lino Armenteros KO 3 June 13, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Armentiros knocked out at 0:59 of the third round. Armenteros retired after this bout.
Win 5–0 United States Lou Phillips KO 3 May 9, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Phillips knocked out at 1:53 of the first round.
Win 4–0 United States L.J. Wheeler TKO 6 March 14, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Wheeler down in the third round and three times in the sixth.
Win 3–0 United States Sam Wyatt KO 1 February 6, 1967 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Wyatt knocked out at 0:13 of the first round. One of the quickest fights in Boxing history.
Win 2–0 United States Leroy Birmingham KO 1 January 5, 1967 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Birmingham knocked out at 2:12 of the first round.
Win 1–0 United States Jimmy Gilmore KO 3 November 28, 1966 United States Las Vegas, Nevada

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