1969-05-24 Bob Foster w rsc 4 (15) Andy Kendall, Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD

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1969-05-24 Bob Foster w rsc 4 (15) Andy Kendall, Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD. Referee: Bill Connelly. Looking to move inside the champion’s long reach from the opening bell Kendall (175) was an easy mark for the long left jab, and in the second round he was cut over the left eye by a cracking uppercut. In the third Kendall charged into Foster (174), having some joy, but after trying the same tactics in the fourth he came unstuck. Angry about being butted several times Foster smashed away at Kendall, who was trapped in a corner, and eventually dropped his man heavily. With Kendall in the process of getting to his feet the referee stopped the fight, the finish being announced as 2.17.

By this time Foster was eyeing up the heavyweight division, taking in four non-title fights before being pressured into another defence by the authorities. Earlier, in July, Mike Barrett, the English promoter, announced that he had signed up Foster to meet the British Empire champion, Bob Dunlop, in Sydney before the year was out. Unfortunately for Dunlop, who had beaten Bobby Stininato (twice), Tony Montano, Young John McCormack, Jose Menno and Giulio Rinaldi, when the fight never materialised he retired early in 1970 after being beaten by Henry Clark. Following that, Roger Rouse signed up in February 1970 to meet Foster, having already been beaten by the champion in a non-title contest. Foster was quoted as saying: “Rouse should have waited until I had won the heavyweight title, as he would have been favoured to win the elimination series”.