Mac Foster

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Mac Foster
Statistics
Real nameMacArthur Foster
Nickname(s)Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno
Height6' 2"
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1942-06-27)June 27, 1942
Alexandria, VA, United States
DiedJuly 19, 2010(2010-07-19) (aged 68)
Fresno, CA, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights36
Wins30
Wins by KO30
Losses6
 
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Not to be confused with Marc Forster.
Mac Foster
Statistics
Real nameMacArthur Foster
Nickname(s)Big Mac 'The Knife' from Fresno
Height6' 2"
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1942-06-27)June 27, 1942
Alexandria, VA, United States
DiedJuly 19, 2010(2010-07-19) (aged 68)
Fresno, CA, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights36
Wins30
Wins by KO30
Losses6

MacArthur "Mac" Foster (June 27, 1942 – July 19, 2010) was an American heavyweight boxer noted for big hitting. He was a one time no 1 contender and fought several big names, among them Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry.

Early life[edit]

The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Foster was a 6' 2" Vietnam War veteran.[dead link][1] Born in [{Alexandria, LA,}[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]

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 scuppered Ali's prediction of a fifth round stoppage by lasting the distance, Foster lost a clear decision to the former champion. But Foster was cheered for his spirited attempt.

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (30 knockouts), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions) [1]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss4-0-2United States Stan WardUD1026/02/1976United States San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California
Loss29-8-3United States Henry ClarkUD1030/05/1974United States Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California1-7, 1-7, 3-7.
Loss44-6-1United Kingdom Joe BugnerPTS1013/11/1973United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London96.5-100.
Loss16-25United States Bob StallingsSD1030/06/1973United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Win9-5-1United States Charles "Hercules" WilliamsKO1003/05/1973United States Chicago, Illinois
Win12-3-1United States Sam McGillTKO911/04/1973United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IllinoisReferee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the ninth round.
Loss34-1United States Muhammad AliUD1501/04/1972Japan Nihon Budokan, Tokyo65-73, 67-75, 66-74.
Win30-7Italy Giuseppe RosKO826/12/1971Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zurich
Win10-8-3United States Billy JoinerKO529/07/1971United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaJoiner knocked out at 2:55 of the fifth round.
Win13-0United States Mike BoswellTKO425/03/1971United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaReferee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the fourth round.
Win79-10-6United States Zora FolleyKO129/09/1970United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaFolley knocked out at 3:04 of the first round.
Loss35-4-4United States Jerry QuarryKO617/06/1970United States Madison Square Garden, New York CityFoster knocked out at 2:05 of the sixth round.
Win18-6-2United States Jack O'HalloranKO109/04/1970United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaJack knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Win15-7United States Jimmy RossetteKO424/03/1970United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaJimmy knocked out at 1:30 of the fourth round.
Win14-8-1Canada Bob FelsteinKO216/12/1969United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaBob knocked out at 3:05 of the second round.
Win71-9-1United States Cleveland WilliamsKO318/11/1969United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win71-8-1United States Cleveland WilliamsTKO513/09/1969United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaReferee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the fifth round.
Win11-5-2United States Roger RussellTKO319/08/1969United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win32-8United States Thad SpencerKO120/05/1969United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaSpencer knocked out at 3:09 of the first round.
Win29-12-2United States Roger RischerKO421/01/1969United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaRischer knocked out at 2:44 of the fourth round.
Win17-3-1United States Joe HemphillTKO327/11/1968United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win17-14-3United States Tommy FieldsTKO516/08/1968United States Centennial Coliseum, Reno, NevadaReferee stopped the bout at 1:23 of the fifth round.
Win7-2Canada Tommy BurnsKO108/08/1968United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WashingtonBurns knocked out at 1:30 of the first round.
Win28-20-1United States Curtis BruceTKO309/07/1968United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaReferee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the third round.
Win20-26-2United States Sonny MooreKO202/04/1968United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaMoore knocked out at 2:50 of the second round.
Win10-3United States Steve GrantTKO227/02/1968United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win17-7-2United States Hubert HiltonTKO523/01/1968United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaReferee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fifth round.
Win5-2-1United States Roy WallaceKO728/11/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaWallace knocked out at 1:25 of the seventh round.
Win3-5United States Ray Junior EllisKO211/10/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win22-14-3United States Floyd JoynerTKO729/08/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Win27-24-7Cuba Lino ArmenterosKO313/06/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaLino knocked out at 1:45 of the third round.
Win4-2United States Lou PhillipsKO309/05/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaPhillips knocked out at 1:54 of the third round.
Win2-3-1United States L.J. WheelerTKO614/03/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaReferee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the sixth round.
Win3-4-2United States Sam WyattKO106/02/1967United States Selland Arena, Fresno, CaliforniaWyatt knocked out at 1:37 of the first round.
Win4-3-1United States Leroy BirminghamKO105/01/1967United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win0-1United States Jimmy GilmoreKO328/11/1966United States Las Vegas, Nevada

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