1969-05-24 Bob Foster w rsc 4 (15) Andy Kendall, Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD
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 had seen enough and stopped the fight. The finish was times at 2.17.
By this time, Foster was eyeing up the heavyweight division and took 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 and Giulio Rinaldi, the fight never materialised and 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, who is the best man out there, should have waited until I had won the heavyweight title and he would have been favoured to win the elimination series”.