CANASTOTA, NY – NOVEMBER 22, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of light heavyweight champion Bob Foster, who passed away yesterday in Albuquerque. He was 76.
1990 Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Foster
“Bob Foster was a truly great light heavyweight champion and one of the most devastating punchers in boxing history,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing and offer our condolences to his entire family.”
The fighting pride of Albuquerque, NM, Foster turned pro in 1961. With a 79 inch reach and one of the best left hooks in boxing, the 6-foot-3 Foster began a steady march to the light heavyweight title. He captured the championship in 1968 with a 4th round knockout over Hall of Famer Dick Tiger. An impressive string of 14 successful defenses followed including wins over Vicente Rondon, Mike Quarry, Chris Finnegan and Pierre Fourie. Foster retired in 1978 with a pro record of 56-8-1 (46 KOs). After hanging up the gloves he had a long career in law enforcement in Albuquerque.
In 1990 Foster was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.