Name: Buster Mathis
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, USA
Died: 1995-09-06 (Age:52)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Height: 6′ 3″ / 191cm
Reach: 76″ / 193cm
Boxing Record: click
Buster Mathis is the father of Buster Mathis Jr.
- The U.S national amateur champion in 1964, Mathis beat Joe Frazier in the Olympic Trials that year but broke a hand. Frazier substituted and won the Gold Medal in Tokyo.
- Mathis turned pro in 1965 and fought until 1972. He lost a world title shot to Frazier in 1968, his first loss in 24 pro bouts.
- Extremely fast for such a heavy fighter.
- Trained briefly by former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis.
- Only significant win of his career was an upset 12 round decision over George Chuvalo.
- Retired after his loss to Jerry Quarry.
- Made two unsuccessful comebacks.
- Played professional football in Canada for a brief time.