Mac Foster

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Former heavyweight contender Mac Foster from Fresno, CA who fought Muhammad Ali in 1972, died of congested heart failure on 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. He is survived by his wife Yolanda, nine children, thirteen brothers and sisters, and his stepmother.