Buster Mathis

Buster Mathis (June 11, 1943 – September 6, 1995) was an American boxer.wikipedia
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Joe Frazier

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He was replaced in the tournament by Joe Frazier who went on to win the gold medal. The Title fight was to be held March 4, 1968, in New York's Madison Square Garden against 'smoking' Joe Frazier, his old rival.
Frazier emerged as the top contender in the late 1960s, defeating opponents that included Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo, and Jimmy Ellis en route to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali by unanimous decision in the highly anticipated Fight of the Century in 1971.

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After Mathis was knocked out in just two rounds in September 1972 by Ron Lyle, he retired for good.
He held notable wins over Buster Mathis, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers, Joe Bugner, and Scott LeDoux, but is best known for his slugfest against George Foreman in 1976, which won Fight of the Year honors by The Ring magazine.

George Chuvalo

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Buster Mathis continued to fight in the following years, outpointing George Chuvalo, but losing on points to Jerry Quarry - a fight Mathis was favoured to win.

Jerry Quarry

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Buster Mathis continued to fight in the following years, outpointing George Chuvalo, but losing on points to Jerry Quarry - a fight Mathis was favoured to win.

Buster Mathis Jr.

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His son Buster Mathis Jr. was to later become a successful fighter, and was to take on Mike Tyson in 1995.
Mathis Jr. was the son of Buster Mathis, a heavyweight boxer from the 1960s.

Heavyweight

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Mathis had a successful career as an amateur heavyweight boxer.

Boxing

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Mathis had a successful career as an amateur heavyweight boxer.

1964 Summer Olympics

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He qualified for a spot in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but had to withdraw due to an injury.

Knockout

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Mathis turned professional in June 1965 with a second round knockout victory over Bob Maynard.

New York State Athletic Commission

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Buster Mathis went on to win his next 22 contests as well and qualified for a shot at the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title, which had become vacant after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the United States Army.

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Buster Mathis went on to win his next 22 contests as well and qualified for a shot at the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title, which had become vacant after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the United States Army. Mathis retired after losing to Quarry in 1969, but returned in 1971 to box Muhammad Ali for the NABF belt, losing on points over 12 rounds.

Conscription

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Buster Mathis went on to win his next 22 contests as well and qualified for a shot at the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title, which had become vacant after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the United States Army.

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Buster Mathis went on to win his next 22 contests as well and qualified for a shot at the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title, which had become vacant after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the United States Army.

New York City

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The Title fight was to be held March 4, 1968, in New York's Madison Square Garden against 'smoking' Joe Frazier, his old rival.

Madison Square Garden

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The Title fight was to be held March 4, 1968, in New York's Madison Square Garden against 'smoking' Joe Frazier, his old rival.

North American Boxing Federation

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Mathis retired after losing to Quarry in 1969, but returned in 1971 to box Muhammad Ali for the NABF belt, losing on points over 12 rounds.