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hhascup
07-19-2010, 08:22 PM
Former pro boxer from Fresno dies
Posted at 11:24 AM on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

The Fresno Bee

Mac Foster, a former heavyweight boxer from Fresno who fought Muhammad Ali in 1972, died this morning at age 68.

Mr. Foster fought from 1966 to 1976 and was 30-6 as a professional, with all of his victories by knockout.

He lost to Ali in a 15-round decision on April 1, 1972, in Tokyo.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/07/19/2011397/former-pro-boxer-from-fresno-dies.html#ixzz0uALB7jha

Mac Foster

Alias MacArthur
Country USA
Global Id 9388
Hometown Fresno, California, USA
Birthplace Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Division Heavyweight
Born 1942-06-27
Died 2010-07-19
Stance Orthodox
Height 188cm


Career Record ©www.boxrec.com

Date Opponent Location Result
1966-11-28 Jimmy Gilmore Las Vegas, US W KO 3
1967-01-05 Leroy Birmingham Los Angeles, US W KO 1
1967-02-06 Sam Wyatt Fresno, US W KO 1
1967-03-14 L J Wheeler Fresno, US W TKO 6
1967-05-09 Lou Phillips Fresno, US W KO 3
1967-06-13 Lino Armenteros Fresno, US W KO 3
1967-08-29 Floyd Joyner Fresno, US W TKO 7
1967-10-11 Ray Junior Ellis Fresno, US W KO 2
1967-11-28 Roy Wallace Fresno, US W KO 7
1968-01-23 Hubert Hilton Fresno, US W TKO 5
1968-02-27 Steve Grant Fresno, US W TKO 2
1968-04-02 Sonny Moore Fresno, US W KO 2
1968-07-09 Curtis Bruce Fresno, US W TKO 3
1968-08-08 Tommy Burns Seattle, US W KO 1
1968-08-16 Tommy Fields Reno, US W TKO 5
1968-11-27 Joe Hemphill Las Vegas, US W TKO 3
1969-01-21 Roger Rischer Fresno, US W KO 4
1969-05-20 Thad Spencer Fresno, US W KO 1
1969-08-19 Roger Russell Fresno, US W TKO 3
1969-09-13 Cleveland Williams Fresno, US W TKO 5
1969-11-18 Cleveland Williams Houston, US W KO 3
1969-12-16 Bob Felstein Fresno, US W KO 2
1970-03-24 Jimmy Rossette Fresno, US W KO 4
1970-04-09 Jack O'Halloran Los Angeles, US W KO 1
1970-06-17 Jerry Quarry New York, US L KO 6
1970-09-29 Zora Folley Fresno, US W KO 1
1971-03-25 Mike Boswell Los Angeles, US W TKO 4
1971-07-29 Billy Joiner Los Angeles, US W KO 5
1971-12-26 Giuseppe Ros Zurich, CH W KO 8
1972-04-01 Muhammad Ali JP L UD 15
1973-04-11 Sam McGill Chicago, US W TKO 9
1973-05-03 Charles Williams Chicago, US W KO 10
1973-06-30 Bob Stallings Chicago, US L SD 10
1973-11-13 Joe Bugner Wembley, UK L PTS 10
1974-05-30 Henry Clark Oakland, US L UD 10
1976-02-26 Stan Ward San Jose, US L UD 10

Record to Date

Won 30 (KOs 30)
Lost 6
Drawn 0
Total 36



Henry

Overhand_Right
07-20-2010, 09:19 AM
Very sad. 68 seems young. Any details?

Not much seemed to be known about his life after boxing, I've never seen any interviews of his. A sad loss.

Dan1213
07-20-2010, 11:04 AM
The obituary I read is very short and neglects to state that he was a heavyweight contender.

Former heavyweight contender Mac Foster from Fresno, CA who fought Muhammad Ali in 1972, died July 19, 2010 at age 68. Foster fought from 1966 to 1976 and was 30-6 as a professional, with all of his victories by knockout. He lost to Ali in a 15-round decision on April 1, 1972, in Tokyo. Mac was rated in the top 10 in the World by Ring Magazine in the heavyweight division from March 1969 to August 1972. He was rated as high as #1 in the world. The 6’2” Foster was born in Alexandria, VA on June 27, 1942. He started his professional career with 24 consecutive knockout victories. Among his victims were Floyd Joyner, Roy Wallace, Hubert Hilton, Steve Grant, Roger Rischer, Thad Spencer, Roger Russell, Cleveland Williams and Jack O’Halloran. Jerry Quarry ended his streak with a sixth round knockout victory at Madison Square Garden on June 17, 1970. Foster then went 6-5 (6 KOs) in his last eleven fights. He kayoed Zora Folley, Mike Boswell, Billy Joiner and Giuseppe Ros. Besides losses to Quarry and Ali, Foster lost decisions to Bob Stallings, Joe Bugner, Henry Clark and Stan Ward.

Dan1213
07-20-2010, 11:19 AM
Very sad. 68 seems young. Any details?

Not much seemed to be known about his life after boxing, I've never seen any interviews of his. A sad loss.

Big Mac "The Knife" Foster of Fresno, the son of Mississippi sharecroppers, rose to No. 1 heavyweight contender in 1970 when Americans still ruled boxing and Fresno was a hotbed for the sport.

The 6-foot-2 Vietnam veteran with a devastating left hook at one point won 24 straight bouts by knockout and punched it out with Muhammad Ali for 15 rounds in a non-title setback in Tokyo in 1972.

On Monday, Mr. Foster died from congestive heart failure. He was 68.
"Mac inspired me. He was my role model," said younger brother Keith Foster, a Fresno deputy police chief. "He had a gracious smile and joyful attitude, and he was a leader in boxing, the service and the community."

Mr. Foster carved out an 11-year record of 30-6 in professional boxing, including 18 victories at Selland Arena. All his victories were by knockout. He rubbed elbows with Rocky Marciano and was taken out on the town in New York City by Jack Dempsey, two legends of the sport.

SPECIAL TO THE BEE
Local fighter Mac Foster plays with the crowd while on his way from Fresno to Houston for a fight against Cleveland Williams in 1969. Foster, who was a No. 1 contender for the heavyweight title and went 30-6 in his career in the 1960s and ’70s, died from congestive heart failure Monday at age 68.

On the night of June 17, 1970, Mr. Foster carried a 24-0 record into a bout against Jerry Quarry at New York's Madison Square Garden. A victory likely would have earned him a championship bout against Joe Frazier. Instead, Quarry won by knockout in the sixth round, sending Mr. Foster's career toward retirement. He won only six of his final 11 bouts -- the end a 10-round decision loss to Stan Ward on Feb. 26, 1976, at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose.

"It's all about timing. Mac felt it wasn't in the cards to fight for the championship. He had no regrets," Keith Foster said. "He was proud of the relationships he made and that he earned the respect of boxing's greatest. He walked away with his head held high."

After boxing, Mr. Foster volunteered his time and coached the sport. He approached then-Mayor Alan Autry about starting a foundation to serve youth through boxing. His poor health prevented a youth center from getting off the ground.

"The concept was a good one -- boxing to build character, not just knockouts," Autry said. "If you met Mac, you'd never know he was a boxer. He was a gentle soul, a great patriot who loved his country, and he had such a good, peaceful heart."

Mr. Foster was born in Alexandria, La., but grew up in Fresno the third oldest in a family of 11 children to strict parents Irwin Sr., who became a nurse, and mother Annie Hughes. He picked grapes and cotton as a youth.
Fresno State offered Mr. Foster a track and field scholarship out of Washington High to throw the shot put and discus. But he volunteered for the Marines and served two tours in Vietnam.

Finding his sport
If not for his big mouth, Mr. Foster might never have taken up boxing.
"Mac attended a military boxing match and said too loud, 'I can lick anyone on the team,' " nephew Wesley Flowers said. "A sergeant heard him boasting and said, 'You're going to join the team.' So, on a dare, he did and wound up winning 14 service titles."

After the war, Mr. Foster turned pro and followed in the footsteps of two other Fresno boxers who made it big -- Young Corbett III, a world welterweight champion, and Wayne Thornton, a No. 1 light heavyweight contender.

He trained with Thornton and Gabe Terronez under Pat DiFuria Sr. at the Merced Street Gym. DiFuria said it was difficult to find Mr. Foster quality opponents. He wasn't nationally known and fighters feared his powerful punch.

"He put me in the hospital twice," said brother and sparring partner Clyde Foster. "The first time with a body shot. I woke up with tubes up my nose. The second time on the chin."

Mr. Foster once knocked out future heavyweight champion Sonny Liston during a sparring round.

Training before his fight against Ali, Mr. Foster punched a heavy bag off its chain and across the room. Fight odds that day were 5-to-1 for Ali. Next day, they closed to 3-to-2.

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman once told Mr. Foster that he owed his second-round knockout of Ken Norton in 1974 to the Fresno boxer who sparred with Norton in training camp.

"Mac beat the heck out of Norton. They called a halt to the sparring because it was getting too rough," said Flowers.

Tribute years later
In 2003, Foreman got the chance to thank Mr. Foster in person when they met at Selland Arena, where Floyd Mayweather Jr. was defending his World Boxing Council lightweight championship.

Flowers recalled: "George told my uncle, 'Nobody, and I mean nobody, wanted to fight you.' "

Quarry echoed that sentiment some time after he beat Mr. Foster. They were in a restaurant outside Palm Springs after a training session together.
"Mac shouts, 'Jerry, I want a rematch.' " Clyde Foster said. "Jerry pauses for a long time, takes out his front teeth and yells back, 'I want the world to know, they don't make enough money to fight you again. I've never been hit that hard in my entire life.' "

Mr. Foster is survived by his wife, Yolanda, and nine children, 13 brothers and sisters, and stepmother Dorothy Foster.

THE REPORTER CAN BE REACHED AT JDAVIS@FRESNOBEE.COM OR (559) 441-6401 (559) 441-6401 .
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Dan1213
07-20-2010, 12:37 PM
Civic Auditorium in San Jose.

Mr. Foster once knocked out future heavyweight champion Sonny Liston during a sparring round.

I never heard this claim before. Have any of you?

gregbeyer
07-20-2010, 12:49 PM
sad news. nice guy and powerful fighter. the guys today are lucky they did not have mac foster to deal with...

RIP

greg

10-8
07-20-2010, 02:05 PM
I never heard this claim before. Have any of you?Yes, that story has always been out there. It's probably Foster's greatest claim to fame if true.

hagler04
07-20-2010, 02:29 PM
RIP Mac.

A well-schooled puncher whose career was hampered by injuries following the Quarry loss.

I think in today's era he at least would've been a titleholder.

Theo Netherland
07-20-2010, 02:49 PM
Mac Foster RIP

Surf-Bat
07-21-2010, 02:26 PM
I never heard this claim before. Have any of you?

Yes. I haven't been able to get any authentification(is that a word??) on this. I interviewed Mike Parkhurst, who directed Sonny in "Moonfire" and also managed his Hollywood career. He was around Sonny a lot and was present during this sparring session. He claims that the KO story is bunk. Foster and Sonny were sparring normal when Mac suddenly decided to get fresh and slam Sonny, hurting him and knocking him back into the ropes. Mike seemed to recall it vividly, even describing a cascade of snot that erupted from Liston's nose as a result.

Then Sonny, furious, tore into Foster and gave him a beating until they called time. Anyway, that's the story Mike Parkhurst tells. It's the only firsthand account I have.

Anyone have another?

hawk5ins
07-21-2010, 02:37 PM
it was Pone Kingpetch, not Mac Foster.

Hawk

gregbeyer
07-21-2010, 02:59 PM
pone kingpetch knocked the snot outta liston .... lol.

greg

brutu
07-23-2010, 10:45 AM
I never heard this claim before. Have any of you?
It was fairly well known.
It happened on the weekend before the Liston vrs Henry Clark fight
in Dick Sadler's gym in Oakland Ca.
Foster hit Liston with a punch,Liston sank on the ropes then slowly pitched forward,before he was caught by his handlers.
The fight with Clark was delayed about 2 weeks because of it.
There are some newpaper notices of it from back in March 1968.

brutu
07-23-2010, 11:10 AM
Here is a link to an article about Mac Foster from the Jan 1970 issue of
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.It also has Foster's account of the knock out of Liston.


http://sportsillustrated.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1083204/index.htm

Surf-Bat
07-24-2010, 02:47 PM
It was fairly well known.
It happened on the weekend before the Liston vrs Henry Clark fight
in Dick Sadler's gym in Oakland Ca.
Foster hit Liston with a punch,Liston sank on the ropes then slowly pitched forward,before he was caught by his handlers.
The fight with Clark was delayed about 2 weeks because of it.
There are some newpaper notices of it from back in March 1968.

Hi Brutu. Do you happen to have any of those newspaper notices? It would help clear things up. Myths get so rampant in boxing that it's imperative to investigate all of them closely. This one is hard to investigate!:)

rocky111
07-26-2010, 11:53 PM
Sorry to hear it. He seemed a great guy from what Ive read. A real gentle man and sportsman.

Ron Lipton
07-27-2010, 02:04 PM
Here is a link to an article about Mac Foster from the Jan 1970 issue of
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.It also has Foster's account of the knock out of Liston.


http://sportsillustrated.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1083204/index.htm


R. Rest in peace Big Mac, you were a tough man.

Liston was truly passed his prime back when he fought Clark but I believe the sparring story as anything can happen in that gym, like Greg Paige flooring Tyson, Jose Torres flooring Robinson and Patterson, Joe Louis Adair taking out Carter etc.

Yet all I could think of as to boxing was how tough Jerry Quarry was to take someone as tough as Mac out of there and handle him.

gregbeyer
07-27-2010, 02:54 PM
R. Rest in peace Big Mac, you were a tough man.

Liston was truly passed his prime back when he fought Clark but I believe the sparring story as anything can happen in that gym, like Greg Paige flooring Tyson, Jose Torres flooring Robinson and Patterson, Joe Louis Adair taking out Carter etc.

Yet all I could think of as to boxing was how tough Jerry Quarry was to take someone as tough as Mac out of there and handle him.

that was quarry's greatest fight , i believe, and the only time mac was ever stopped. i once spoke to joey orbillo who had sparred with foster and he said "mac could whack".

kind and gentle man, good sport and did service for his country.

hard to ask for more....

greg

brutu
07-27-2010, 04:09 PM
Hi Brutu. Do you happen to have any of those newspaper notices? It would help clear things up. Myths get so rampant in boxing that it's imperative to investigate all of them closely. This one is hard to investigate!:)

LISTON NAILED BY UNKOWN
June.28.1968

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R2AOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=POsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5755,2105803&dq

Surf-Bat
07-28-2010, 01:13 AM
LISTON NAILED BY UNKOWN
June.28.1968

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R2AOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=POsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5755,2105803&dq

Thanks man. Appreciate you sending this.

I guess it's all on whom one believes. The ones present who say he was or the ones present who say he wasn't.

PD99
07-28-2010, 11:51 AM
It seems, by all accounts, Foster nailed Liston pretty good at the least and Foster's claim of actually having put Liston out was at least lodged at that very time.

If not true, quite a brash claim to make since it seems Liston was still considered somewhat resilient (outside of Lewiston in which most felt Liston took a dive anway). Just over a year later Foster's claim was given reasonable backing with Leotis Martin's unequivocal poleaxing of Sonny - if not captured on film, a feat that would've been considered just as unlikely (as Foster's claim).

Even with film, there were still some publications carrying the idea that Liston (ahead in the fight) dived against Martin - so unbelieveable was the result. When much younger, I bought into this theory until I first saw the film of the fight many years later - of course, there was no dive.

Liston was old and apparently into the drug scene around the time of Foster'sclaim with the Martin KO loss shortly down the track. As such, Foster's claim isn't so way out.

brutu
07-28-2010, 03:35 PM
That wasnt the first time that Liston had been floored by a sparring partner.Liston had been knocked down in a sparring session earlier in 1966 in Sweden
while preparing to fight Amos Johnson.Here is a link to a rare photograph of it.(you may have to scroll down a little)


http://books.google.com/books?id=T7oDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA50&dq

sr71ko
07-28-2010, 05:03 PM
A very warm tribute. I wish there were more film or videos of his other fights. The only time that I had seem him fight was when he hit Jerry Quarry with bombs, but some how got kayoed and knocked out of the ring. Never seen his other fights with Big Cat Williams or others. I am aware of him being a decorated Vietnam Vet though. Yeah, I wish he was around today, he would be champ from what I hear. RIP and GOD bless. I have a ton of respect for veterans of wars, especially WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

brutu
07-28-2010, 06:13 PM
Here is 15 rounds Muhammad Ali vrs Mac Foster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS-hrTC0G7E

PD99
07-28-2010, 06:18 PM
That wasnt the first time that Liston had been floored by a sparring partner.Liston had been knocked down in a sparring session earlier in 1966 in Sweden
while preparing to fight Amos Johnson.Here is a link to a rare photograph of it.


http://books.google.com/books?id=T7oDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA50&dq

Yeah, I've seen this before. The description of the KD of Liston by Ray Patterson is quite lite-on and notably without a genuine "OMG" feel about it. The incriminating pic is accompanied by a pic which I presume was taken just after Liston regained his feet - Patterson is clearly smiling and it appears that Liston (in the background) is smiling also. Perhaps just a joke, a slip etc and not a genuine KD. I might google the news archives and see if there is any mention of this.

Theo Netherland
10-30-2010, 01:32 PM
Fresno's Mac Foster Death
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ke1ZTc2Udo