Joe Frazier vs. Bob Foster

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Bob Foster 188 lbs lost to Joe Frazier 209 lbs by KO at 0:49 in round 2 of 15

  • Date: 1970-11-18
  • Location: Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Referee: Tom Briscoe


  • Frazier was a 5-1 favorite.
  • The fight was televised in 27 countries.
  • The fight was shown on close circuit television in 110 locations in 91 U.S. cities.
  • A crowd of 18,036 at Madison Square Garden paid $196,026 to watch both the closed circuit telecast from Detroit and a live fight between George Foreman and Boone Kirkman, which Foreman won by a second-round knockout.
  • Frazier was guaranteed $150,000 against 40 percent of the gate, and Foster was assured 22½ percent of the net gate.
  • There was an estimated crowd of 5,500 in the 12,500-seat Cobo Arena. The $3,800 $10 seats were filled, but there were numerous vacancies in the $50 seats and hardly anyone at all in the $100 ringside seats.
  • Frazier was the aggressor in the first round as Foster moved and boxed. In the second round, Frazier sent Foster to the canvas with a left hook to the jaw. Foster struggled to his feet on rubbery legs and was allowed to continue. Frazier bored in and put him down again with another left hook to the jaw. Foster was counted out 49 seconds into the second round.

Post Fight Daze

After Frazier knocked him out, Foster went back to his dressing room in a daze. At one point, he began putting his boxing shoes back on.

"What are you doing?" trainer Billy Edwards asked.

"Getting ready to fight!" Foster said.

"Nah," Edwards said, "the fight's over, son."