Mac Foster

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mac Foster
Statistics
Real nameMacArthur Foster
Nickname(s)Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1942-06-27)June 27, 1942
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
DiedJuly 19, 2010(2010-07-19) (aged 68)
Fresno, California, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights36
Wins30
Wins by KO30
Losses6

MacArthur "Mac" Foster (June 27, 1942 – July 19, 2010) was a 20th century American heavyweight professional boxer.

He competed from 1966 to 1976, winning 30 of his 36 professional bouts, with all his victories coming by way of knockout. He scored notable stoppages of heavyweight contenders Thad Spencer, Cleveland Williams, whom he defeated twice, and Zora Folley. Foster went the distance against a prime Muhammad Ali in April 1972, losing by a fifteen round unanimous decision.

Early life[edit]

Foster was born in Alexandria, Virginia,[1] a son, and the third of eleven children, of a Mississippi sharecropping family.[2] He spent his childhood years in Fresno, California, where his father found employment as a nurse. Foster picked grapes and cotton as a youth. Fresno State University offered him a track and field scholarship out of Washington High School, but he declined the opportunity, choosing instead to enlist with the United States Marines. Whilst serving with the Marines he won fourteen amateur boxing titles, and was deployed for two combat tours in the Vietnam War.[citation needed] After a discharge from the Marines with the rank of sergeant, Foster turned professional, 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). He trained with Pat DiFuria at the Merced Street Gym.[dead link][2]

Boxing career[edit]

Standing at 6 ft 2" in height and 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 The Ring's Progress of the Year for 1969. Britain's Boxing Illustrated wrote, "He could certainly whack!"[citation needed]

Whilst being employed as a sparring partner for Sonny Liston, Foster was reputed to have knocked down the former world champion,[3] causing Liston two days later to work Foster over during another sparring session before handlers could intervene between the two men to stop it.[4]

In 1969 Foster knocked out contender Thad Spencer in the first round, and twice knocked out a past his prime Cleveland Williams.

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 in a rare 15 round non-title bout. 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.

Later life[edit]

After retiring, Foster volunteered his time as boxing coach for youth.[2]

Death[edit]

Foster died at the age of 68 of MRSA on Monday, July 19, 2010. His body was buried at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Yolanda, the marriage producing four children, Gregory, Joshua, Nathaniel and Nicole.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (30 knockouts), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions) [6]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional boxing record for Mac Foster". BoxRec. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Jeff Davis (July 19, 2010). "Mac Foster, former boxer from Fresno, dies". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R2AOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=POsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5755,2105803&dq
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/10326509/mac_fostersonny_liston/
  5. ^ Mac "The Knife" Foster at Find a Grave
  6. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=9388&cat=boxer

External links[edit]