Ali, This Day in Boxing

Muhammad Ali KOs Bob Foster This Day November 21, 1972


Bob Foster 180 lbs
Muhammad Ali 221¼ lbs
KO at 0:40 in round 8 of 12
Location: Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada, USA
Referee: Mills Lane
Judge: Wally Rusk
Judge: Anthony Smercina
Judge: Bill Stremmell
NABF Heavyweight Title (5th defense by Ali)


  • Foster entered as the reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion.
  • Foster opened a cut above Ali’s left eye. It was the first time Ali was cut as a professional.
  • Ali knocked Foster down four times in the fifth round and twice in the seventh. After being knocked down early in the eighth, Foster was counted out by referee Mills Lane.
  • Judge Bill Stremmell had Ali leading 35-27, Judge Wally Rusk had him ahead 35-28, and Judge Anthony Smercina had him in front 34-28.


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