Robert Wayne Foster also known as Bob Foster (April 27, 1942 – November 21, 2015) was an American profesional boxer who fought as a lightheavyweight and heavyweight. Known as "The Deputy Sheriff", Foster was one of the greatest lightheavyweight world champions in boxing history. He won the world lightheavyweight title from then champ Dick Tiger in 1968 by fourth round knockout and went on to defend his crown fourteen times against thirteen different fighters in total from 1968 to 1974. Foster then moved up in weight and challenged Joe Fraizier and Mohamed Ali during his career, but was knocked out by both (the fight with Ali was not for a world heavyweight title, but for the regional NABF (version). He was included in Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of all time. He was also named to Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years, ranking at fifty five and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990.
Im going to be writing about these great old school fighters so the new generations know who these great warriors were. These men fought the best there was and never nagged about the purse to not fight a mandatory or a dangerous fight or putting rehydration clauses or sissy catchweight's. I suggest to the new students of the game to look up Bob Foster and youll love what you will see.