Would Bob Foster win a heavyweight title if he was around in the 1980s.

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  1. JackSilver

    JackSilver Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Foster came up short against Frazier and Ali in the 1970s but if he was around in the 1980s would he have succeeded in becoming a heavyweight champion? Can’t see him beating Holmes or Tyson but there were plenty of lesser titleholders that he could have fought. How would he have done?
     
  2. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    I don't think he'd beat any of them. He would do worse than Marvis Frazier overall.

    He might be Leon, but Leon was a 70s champ.
     
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  3. Longhhorn71

    Longhhorn71 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Foster struggled to get above 185 lbs....and some of the bigger guys he fought in the 60's muscled him around.
    Foster just wasn't a heavyweight.
     
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  4. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    No.

    He was just not effective above 175 lbs. It wasn't just a quality of opposition issue.

    The alphabet champs of the 80s would be too much for him.
     
  5. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Well there are some guys later he could have beat, John Ruiz for one
     
  6. InMemoryofJakeLamotta

    InMemoryofJakeLamotta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I agree. He is one light heavy made only for light heavy. Even in the era of 185 pound heavies , it's not as if he only lost to the Marciano's and Charleses. In that era, guys sometimes simultaneously fought at light heavy and heavy and it wasn't uncommon for light heavyweight champions to also be top 10 heavyweight contenders. Like a LHW moving up to cruiser today. But Foster seemed to lose to guys who were barely over the LHW limit consistently. The 80's guys may have just been too big.
     
  7. ForemanJab

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    Ruiz would've roughed him up.
     
  8. Russell

    Russell Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Probably not the best style match up for Foster at all, actually.
     
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  9. PernellSweetPea

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    probably not.. He punched hard at 175, but heavyweight? He never took a good punch.
     
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  12. JackSilver

    JackSilver Well-Known Member Full Member

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    So what was the difference between Foster at heavyweight and Mike Spinks moving up to heavyweight? Was it because Spinks took the time and effort to build himself up to heavyweight first?
     
  13. Longhhorn71

    Longhhorn71 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Interesting comment ^. Remember MSpinks trainer called Michael "Slim" as a nickname, when MS was a Lt-Hvy.
     
  14. mcvey

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    No.
     
  15. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Wouldn't have thought so, Jack. He had fought at light heavy just three month before he fought Holmes.

    I think it was styles. Michael moved and limited the action so his smaller frame wasn't taking so much stick. Bob was more of a walk in slugger and would never have been able (or willing, possibly) to dance and stretch a fight out to 15 rounds.
     


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