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How great was Bob Foster?

06.06.07 - By Jim Amato: The saying goes that "you are only as good as your era." Okay, where does that leave Bob Foster? He is now considered one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time. Is it justified? Was he just a champion at a time when the contenders were pretenders? Should he suffer from the stigma of, "Right place, right time"? I hardly think so and here is why:

Take Bob Foster out of the picture for a moment. Tough men like Roger Rouse, Andy Kendall, Mark Tessman, Jimmy Dupree and Vincente Rondon emerged. Eventually, Rondon rose to the top. Bob took care of that situation in two rounds.

Then there were talented fighters like Mike Quarry, Chris Finnegan, Billy Wagner, John Griffin and Ray Anderson. All were either eliminated by each other or eventually by Bob. Take Bob Foster out of the picture and the light heavyweights may have enjoyed a real "Golden Era." A solid group of equally talented fighters going after a world title. Instead, we are just left with memories of Bob and "them other guys." Not quite fair, but sadly true. Hey, Bob Foster was that good.

Article posted on 06.06.2007



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