Boxing and New Mexico Loses legend Bob Foster

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bob Foster Passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque at the age of 76. Foster had been battling lung cancer for around a year, and it spread to his lungs.

Foster’s family is devastated with the loss of this great man. His son Nelson Smith spoke with KRQE News 13 in this tough time.

“He was the light in the room. He brought joy to people’s lives. I couldn’t ask for a better dad,” said Nelson Smith.

Foster was not only the first champion, and arguably the best fighter ever to represent New Mexico, but he was one of the best Light heavyweight champions ever in boxing.

“When my dad fought and the time that he fought, you know there was one belt. My dad was the best at what he did, for his weight class, as a light heavyweight champion, hands down the best that ever was,” said Nelson.

Foster fought in the golden age of boxing and held a career record of 56-8-1. He won the Light Heavyweight Title in 1969 and defended his title 14 times over 6 years.

While he was a great champion Foster was just a great man. He served as a Sergeant in Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department for over 20 years.

“He just loved Albuquerque, he loved the people of Albuquerque, because the people showed him love,” said Smith.

A great fighter in every sense of the word, and a champion that was humble.

“I was just champion, you know I mean I didn’t walk around like this (puffed up chest). I was just champion of the world you know,” said Bob Foster in a 2009 interview with KRQE News 13.

The family is still setting up Bob Foster’s public remembrance service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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