Boxing History: December 1, 1973 Bob Foster W 15 Pierre Fourie, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
Bob Foster (born April 27, 1938) is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA whom many boxing critics consider to be one of the greatest Light Heavyweight world champions in history. As an amateur he won a silver medal at the 1959 Pan American Games.
In 1957, Foster joined the United States Air Force, where he was not only a member of the Air Force Boxing Team, but also a coach.
Foster made fourteen successful title defenses, which was a division record at that time.
Foster was named the 1968 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year. He edged out Joe Frazier by a 20-17 vote.
Ranked as the 3rd Greatest Light Heavyweight of All-Time by The Ring in 1994.
Ranked 23rd on The Ring’s 1996 list of The Top 50 Fighters of the Last 50 Years.
Ranked as the 8th Greatest Puncher of All-Time by The Ring in 2003.
— with Bruce Winfield.
December 1, 1973 – Bob Foster W 15 Pierr Fourie, Johannesburg, South Africa.