Number 201 – Mac Foster

Mac Foster (tied for 199)
June 27, 1942 – July 19, 2010
6’2” / 79” reach / 197-233 lbs
30-6-0-0(30) from 11/28/1966 to 2/26/1976 (9y3m)

0-4-0-0(0) against the top ten
0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions
0-1-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers
no fights for the linear championship

-4 total score (0 + -4 + 0 + 0)

In many ways, Mac Foster was considered a major disappointment to boxing fans and pundits. He was a big, powerful, aggressive prospect, who started his career 24-0(24). Many considered Foster to be the next great heavyweight. He started off fighting the usual journeymen and clubfighters, but also had a pair of wins over ex-contender Cleveland Williams, and a 1st round KO over previous heir-apparent Thad Spencer. In June of 1970, he took his undefeated record, a number 6 ranking by the Ring, and a 14 pound weight advantage into the ring with veteran contender Jerry Quarry. Most expected Quarry to give him a few solid rounds before succumbing to the power of the young propsect. Instead, Quarry upset the applecart, taking the best that Foster had and coming back with a ferocious body attack, hurting Foster in the 5th, and knocking him through the ropes in the 6th.

Foster was back in the ring in just 3 months, knocking out a very faded Zora Folley in 1 round, and fighting 3 more non-contenders throughout 1971, to set up a match with comebacking Muhammad Ali in April 1972. At that point, Ali was the number 1 heavyweight, and looking for another shot at Joe Frazier, and Foster was ranked number 9, stlll very much in the heavyweight mix. Foster was outclassed from the beginning, eating constant jabs and crosses, and rarely landing much in return. Other than a decent 7th and 8th rounds, Ali won almost every other round wide en route to a 15 round decision. Foster took a year off after the fight, and came back with two wins over journeymen before losing a shock decision to 17-24 Bob Stallings.

His career basically crumbled after that point, with wide decision losses to contenders Joe Bugner and Henry Clark, and a final decision loss to mere prospect Stan Ward. Foster never was able to capitalize on his early hype, and was too slow and plodding to be able to outbox skilled, prime opponents. However, his power and aggression allowed him to contend for a few years in a tough era, and he ended his career with several good names on his resume, albeit faded versions of said names.

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