Bob Foster dead

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AL­BU­QUERQUE: Bob Foster, the for­mer light heavy­weight cham­pion who fought Joe Frazier and Muham­mad Ali and went on to be­come a sher­iff’s deputy, died Satur­day. He was 76. New Mex­ico state Rep. An­to­nio Maes­tas said in a state­ment that Foster died at Pres­by­te­rian hos­pi­tal in Al­bu­querque with wife Rose and his fam­ily at his side. “His wife Rose Foster, his chil­dren, and Fam­ily thank you for your prayers and sup­port in this time of heal­ing,” the state­ment said. In Las Vegas be­fore the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Al­varez fight, a 10-count was tolled on the bell at Man­dalay Bay in honor of Foster. Stand­ing 6-foot-3, the big-punch­ing Foster was 56-8-1 with 46 knock­outs. He won the light heavy­weight ti­tle in 1968 when he stopped Dick Tiger in the fourth round of their fight at Madi­son Square Gar­den. It was the only time Tiger was knocked out in his ca­reer. Two years later, Foster moved up to heavy­weight to chal­lenge Frazier for the ti­tle. The fight was a mis­match, with Frazier stop­ping Foster at 49 sec­onds of the sec­ond round. Foster re­gained his 175pound ti­tle in his next fight, but in 1972 fought again as a heavy­weight, meet­ing Ali at a Lake Ta­hoe casino. Again, Foster was over­matched, with Ali knock­ing him down seven times be­fore the fight was fi­nally stopped in the eighth round. Foster, who was named the third-great­est light heavy­weight ever by Ring Mag­a­zine in 1994, made 14 suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fenses be­fore re­tir­ing as cham­pion in 1974. —AP

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