Buster Mathis

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Name: Buster Mathis
Born: 1943-06-11
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, USA
Died: 1995-09-06 (Age:52)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3″   /   191cm
Reach: 76″   /   193cm
Boxing Record: click

Buster Mathis is the father of Buster Mathis Jr.

Career Review

  • 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.
  • Scored 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.