CHAMPION BOB FOSTER, CAREER, DEATH OF AN ICON

BOXING ICON FOSTER NOT QUITE RODNEY DANGERFIELD

World Champion Bob Foster

World Champion Bob Foster


San Francisco, CA– The recent passing of former light heavyweight champion Bob Foster got it’s share of media attention. Few penning a column today had the chance to spend time with “The Sheriff” of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was probably the greatest light heavyweight champion in history. The few who did get to know the historically shortchanged Foster include myself.

THERE STOOD THE “GREAT” BOB FOSTER

When I first met Bob Foster, it was in Albuquerque, NM in the 80s, he was still refereeing an occasional fight and held a position as an Albuquerque Deputy Sheriff. Being me, I chased Foster around until I saw a spot where I can get his undivided attention. Once the champion sat down, he fired up a cigarette. “OK, you got me. What do you want to know?” If you approached Bob and he felt “good vibes.” Foster was accessible. So from that point forward, he would call me, “Pablo.”

NEW MEXICO BOXING/COMBAT SPORTS HAS HAD GOOD RUNS!

There were some good times in Albuquerque in the 90s and early part of this century as Frankie Archuleta did well, while Danny Romero and more notably Johnny Tapia soared to great heights wearing boxing gloves, while another Albuquerque boxing champion, Holly Holm just plastered MMA’s biggest star Ronda Rousey in less than six minutes of fighting a fortnight ago. With all this, still in the background of the New Mexico boxing scene was this iconic champion unbeaten in 15 title fights and retiring as champion after a Draw over 15 rounds with Jorge Victor Ahumeda (40-5) in 1974. Foster won the belt when he defanged the great Dick Tiger of Nigeria in a 1968 upset.

COULD NOT MATCH THE HEAVYWEIGHT MUSCLE MASS

“The big guys, both Ali, (Joe) Frazier, were just too big across the back for me. I was 6’3, taller than them. Nobody lifted weights back then. (Michael) Spinks did it. I would have knocked out Michael Spinks. He couldn’t pull that bull s*it on me. I’da walked him down and punished him. I know he was the only light heavy to win a heavyweight championship, but again, I’da ran his ass out of the ring. The fights I lost in and around my prime were to Ali and Frazier and they were both people say were in their prime.”

FOSTER “STRUGGLED” TO WEIGH 175

“I had problems with the weight….I used to have to drink a beer every night in training to keep near weight or I’da dropped more weight. Some of those fights when I was ’75. I was really 70, 71, 72. Back to Spinks, he showed what he was made of with (Mike) Tyson. He quit, didn’t even even get hit. I never laid down. I think they will look at us years from now and realize Spinks couldn’t beat me ever. Against Ali, I had him hurt and cut. I just was too damn’ skinny to fight heavyweight.”

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Pedro Fernandez-Doris Companys, Hungary 2013


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, 11 months, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez examined some trends in boxing in addition to going through the boxing & MMA schedules. High school class mate Bob Landucci joined Pedro to talk “old times.”

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Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30 years, 11 months, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez and former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes talked on a variety of subjects. Larry and Pedro, friends for over 25 years, the friendship is evident each time Larry appears. In this show, we also covered elements of the MMA world and the scoops that abound.

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Aaron Snowell – Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez ran with boxing news and results before bringing in former Mike Tyson trainer Aaron Snowell of Newark. Snowell talked about the Muhammad Ali Act and the “gray area” that he thinks will be resolved in Al Haymon’s favor, this as Bob Arum launches a lawsuit that could wind up illustrating the depth of “corporate corruption” at Top Rank. Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Wilson of Medford, Oregon was also part of the mix!

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RON LYLE HAD MUHAMMAD ALI BEAT?

QUESTION SHRINK COULD ANSWER & VIDEO AT END

Ron Lyle

Ron Lyle


Emeryville, CA– If you ever awaken from Anestesia induced slumber, have a pen and paper handy or a cell voice voice recorder. Because if you’re anything like myself, you’ll wake up with a myriad of thoughts and memories, some of which I was able to scribble on the bootom of a tissue box.

“THAT’S CASSIUS CLAY” SAID MY FATHER

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


The effects were reliving a few of my own fights, waking up like they had just occurred. There was the first time I saw Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay in San Francisco’s Herman-Newman’s Gym circa five years of age.

DAD SAID “FOREMAN COULD KILL A MAN”

There was then bully George Foreman, only just 17 and his domination of professional heavyweights in mid 1967, a good year and a half before winning the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal. The admission charge, sometimes in effect was 50 cents.

REMEMBERING ZENITH OF RON LYLE

As is the case with both dreams and going to the amusement park, all you can do is go along for the ride. That being the case, Ron Lyle came to mind. Dont know why as I hadn’t seen the Denver, CO native in a decade or so. But it wasn’t my times with Ron while he was training fighters in Johnny Tocco’s Main Street Gym, this segment of the flashback brought me back to May 1975 and Ron’s challenge of then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Read more

BOB FOSTER THE BEST AT 175 LBS. “UNPLUGGED”

BOB FOSTER THE GREATEST LIGHT HEAVY PERIOD!
Bob-Foster
Canastota, NY– When it comes to rating the greats who have fought at light heavyweight, you cannot omit the name of former World champion Bob Foster. There are boxing fans and historians alike who say Bob Foster was the best 175-pounder of all time.

EPIC KNOCKOUTS OF TIGER & QUARRY

The highlight of the Foster reign, in my view, was his chilling one-punch knockout of Mike Quarry in 1972. There was an almost deadly hush as the prone Quarry lay lifeless for more than five minutes. Others say the zenith of the “Albuquerque Thin Man’s” career was the left hook that defanged Dick Tiger in May 1968 and capturing the world light heavyweight championship in the process.

COULD NOT BEAT THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT ERA

As a heavyweight, Foster proved too frail and failed to match the strength to match the behemoths like Ali, Frazier, etc., losing six times to bigger foes. Overall, Foster posted a log of 56-8, with 46 KOs including 14 title defenses with 11 challengers failing to go the 15-round distance. Standing close to 6’4 and wearing his age well, Foster still had the aura of a man brimming with self-confidence when I conducted this interview.

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Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell

Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez takes you back to 1973 and Howard Cosell calling the George Foreman-Joe Frazier I massacre. Also, Gennady Golovkin’s win Saturday was front and center with Kevin Perry as were a host of items and boxing news bites that you aren’t going to get anywhere else.

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NEW ROCKY 7 MOVIE WITH ANDRE WARD

ANDRE WARD & STALLONE IN ROCKY 7

Sly Stallone

Sly Stallone

San Francisco, CA– Just when we thought the “Rocky” franchise was over and had finally ran it’s course with the sixth installment titled “Rocky Balboa,” a film which featured an old Rocky that was panned, you thought wrong.

FAST & FURIOUS HAS DONE SEVEN FLICKS

No, the Rocky franchise is much like the “Fast & Furious” as it keeps it going without the greatest of twisting and turning plots. Nor do these Rocky flicks have the hot young chicks or screeching hotrods either.

ROCKY 6 NOT INTRIGUING AS ALI-MARCIANO MOVIE

The plot of Rocky Balboa looked to be somewhat inspired by an actual exhibition that had occurred between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, that was then ran through a computer along with film footage of other heavyweight legends.

MARCIANO WAS IN “INCREDIBLE” SHAPE

This actual exhibition was actually an interesting story with Marciano losing 50 lbs. He trained harder for this 1969 movie than anytime previous in his life, wearing a hair piece, the Rock of a that generation had his unfortunate passing in a plane crash occur not long afterwards at age 46.  Muhammad was trying to make a buck during the Vietnam War when he couldn’t work at his trade.

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DRUGS AND MURDER IN BOXING

A & E TV ON CHAMP’S EXECUTION

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

San Francisco, CA– A disturbing episode of the A & E TV series “Gangland” brought me back to 1991 and one of the scintillating fights of the modern era. It was mid-Saturday afternoon on the left coast and the recently departed Cedric “I Was The Walrus” Kushner was promoting a card on PPV for $14.95. The bill was topped by Robert Quiroga defending his IBF 115 lb. belt against “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe in a San Antonio, TX battle that was the “Ring Magazine 1991 Fight of The Year.”

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NBC BOXING SATURDAY AND SLICK AL HAYMON

DANNY GARCIA-LAMONT PETERSON TOP NBC BILL
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San Francisco, CA- There is no speculation when it comes to who sits atop the jr. welterweight division as Danny Garcia has proven he’s the best 140 lb. fighter in the world with wins over Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse being “statement” making events. His, what some thought was a lackluster win over Mauricio Herrera in 2014 in a Puerto Rican homecoming was nothing to rant about with some saying he didn’t win. That being said, the Philadelphia tiger will face Lamont Peterson in a match set for 143 lbs on NBC TV Saturday evening. For the record, Peterson holds the IBF belt at 140, which for the life of me I can’t fathom how seeing Matthyyse drilled him a few fights back.

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RING TALK ALI-FRAZIER IN THEIR WORDS

FLOYD-PACMAN GOT NOTHING ON ALI-FRAZIER

Ali, King & Joe

Ali, King & Joe


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went back in time and brought you the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali rivalry in their own words! At times, it is ugly, but still an important point both in sports and American history.

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MUHAMMAD ALI FROM MY PERCH

TO KNOW ALI IS TO …

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


San Francisco, CA– There are few things that matter more than life itself. And when you’re tip toeing through the latter part of your time on this planet, you look back and question your actions and motives. That being said, I’m sure all of us can second guess decisions we’ve made.

ALI HAS NO REGRETS HE SAYS

The one person that I’ve met that doesn’t back down from the good or the bad in his past is Muhammad Ali. I asked him why the stand against the Vietnam War had to be made, and were there any regrets, Ali shook his head to the negative.

REMEMBER COUNTRY WAS SPLIT ON WAR

“They wanted to use me, my name to lead young men to slaughter. Just couldn’t be part of it,” a conflict that cost 58,000 American lives as well as that of millions of Asians.

ALI “UNDERDOG” TWICE IN TITLE FIGHTS Read more

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