1974-06-17 Bob Foster drew 15 Jorge Ahumada, University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WORLD
1974-06-17 Bob Foster drew 15 Jorge Ahumada, University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jim Cleary. Scorecards: 148-143, 142-145, 144-144. With his punch power seemingly leaving him, Foster (174) came close to losing his title as Ahumada (173½) pressed him throughout and there were many who thought he had done enough to win. Regardless of the blows coming his way, and there were plenty of them, the outreached Ahumada made the body his target, which led to far too much clinching. It was in the 12th that Foster seemed to have his best chance of stopping Ahumada, who had damage to his nose and a left eye that was fast closing, but the Argentinian weathered the storm and continued where he left off.
Foster relinquished the title on announcing his retirement in September 1974 and, while the WBC supported the claims of John Conteh (who beat Chris Finnegan by a sixth-round stoppage on 21 May at the Wembley Pool, London, England) and Ahumada (who beat Angel Oquendo over 12 rounds on 29 July at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York) who had both come through eliminating bouts, the WBA backed Victor Galindez and Len Hutchins in a straight fight for their version of the title.
Conteh was a brilliant box-fighter who had lost just one fight from 26 and had won the British, Commonwealth and European titles, beating men such as Terry Daniels, Rudiger Schmidtke, Vicente Rondon and Tom Bogs. He had earlier outpointed Finnegan over 15 rounds at the Wembley Pool on 22 May 1973.