1968-05-24 Bob Foster w co 4 (15) Dick Tiger, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1968-05-24 Bob Foster w co 4 (15) Dick Tiger, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mark Conn. Making his third defence Tiger (168) made a great start when moving inside the challenger’s long arms to power in the solid shots to the body, but thereafter he found few opportunities to get close. From that point onwards Foster (173½) dictated matters with his huge reach advantage enabling him to keep Tiger at bay with left jabs, hooks and uppercuts that found their target with alacrity. Tiger was still trying to reach the body in the fourth, but without success, and when Foster evaded one of the champion’s rushes a right uppercut followed by a terrific left sent him down to be counted out on the 2.05 mark.
In mid-August Foster was made an offer to defend against Roger Rouse, reportedly the biggest he’d had to date. Although refusing to put his title on the line against Rouse, Foster was quite happy to take him on in a non-title affair, winning by a five-round stoppage at The Coliseum, Washington DC on 9 September.
Meanwhile, Tiger, looking to get back in the frame, faced a young Frank DePaula (at Madison Square Garden) on 25 October, winning on points over ten rounds in a dramatic and exciting contest in which he came close to losing. After a record crowd for a non-title fight of more than 14,000 fans, it was the loser’s management who sat down in November to negotiate Foster’s first defence. The sixth-ranked DePaula was not picked because he was the rightful challenger but because he could fill the Garden.