Big Mac Foster Vs even bigger Buster Mathis, Two heavyweight contenders who both contributed plenty of interesting ink to the very colourful late 60's early 70's Heavyweight landscape, and it is perhaps a wonder that their scripts didnt encompass each other at some point,
Both despatched Sonny Moore as might be expected, also both lost to Jerry Quarry, with Buster going the full route, both lost to a roadshow Ali over the full route,with Ali patently allowing Buster that privilege, Buster also notched a couple of points wins against Bob Stallings which Mac could not replicate further down the road, After the Pension boosting Jackpot of the Ali fights, both Mac and Buster put on weight (yes, buster got bigger ) and drifted down the "Mellow Trick Road" to their respective career end games, Buster, having crushed any harboured delusions of that Butterbean forerunner Claude Humphrey McBride, had any of his own delusions crushed quicktime by the emerging Ron Lyle..
Foster ambled through his last four fights being losses on points to Clark Bugner Stallings and
Ward, it might be that even the prime Mac would of struggled to stop any of these experienced stayers,
Should historians perhaps be a little kinder to these two ?
Buster beat Amos Lincoln (of Course as did Persol ) and beat Chuvalo by near shutout, and did have some decent results against the middle tier, The Lyle last fight aside Buster was only stopped by Frazier, and it took Joe 10 rounds plus of incessant Hacking to produce that Timber Moment, Bursting Busters Bubble might not be as easy as first thought ?
Foster, who never won on points, must of been an intimidating sight for his usual fare of arthritic Tigers and Blunted Lions, like a fit young Burglar in an old peoples home, he usually had little to fear, but on the two occasions he tried to raid the gym Lockeroom (Quarry/Ali)
he was apprehended pretty quickly, that said, he never stopped trying against Ali for the full 15 rounds, and in the big and beefy stakes he did pummel out a stoppage over Big Bepi Ros
Could he do likewise against the more Adroit Mathis ?
So Can Foster Bust Buster ? or can Buster survive the Mac Attack and go on to win ?
Is this Another Big Mac Buster can Devour ? or would Buster Find this Big Mac too hot to Handle ?