- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A funeral service for former lightweight champion Bob Foster has been scheduled for next week.

Family members say the service will be Wednesday at God’s House Church in Albuquerque.

Foster was surrounded by his family last weekend when he died at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 76.

Standing 6-foot-3, the big-punching Foster was 56-8-1 with 46 knockouts. He won the light heavyweight title in 1968 when he stopped Dick Tiger in the fourth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. It was the only time Tiger was knocked out in his career.

Two years later, Foster moved up to heavyweight to challenge Joe Frazier for the title. He also fought Muhammad Ali.

While still boxing, Foster began his career as a deputy with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

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