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Sunday, 21 July 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL BOXER BUSTER MATHIS - A CLASSIC BLACK HEAVY WEIGHT BOXER OF THE GOLDEN DAYS OF BOXING : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Buster Mathis June 11, 1943 - September 6, 1995 was a boxer who had a very successful career as an amateur heavyweight boxer. He qualified for a spot in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. However, he was injured and was unable to compete there. Instead of him, the fighter Mathis beat in the Olympic Trials went to the Olympics. This fighter was the legendary Joe Frazier, who went on to win the gold medal.
Buster Mathis continued to fight in the following years, outpointing highly regarded ironman George Chuvalo, but losing on points to Jerry Quarry - a fight Mathis was favoured to win. 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. Ali was later criticized for not finishing Mathis in the final rounds of the fight.
After Mathis was knocked out in three rounds in August 1972 by fast-rising puncher Ron Lyle, he decided to retire for good from boxing. Mathis suffered from various health problems in later years, such as diabetes and kidney problems. He suffered a heart attack and two strokes. His compulsive eating had ballooned his weight to 550 pounds and, in 1995, he died of a heart attack at age of 52.
He won 30 fights (21 by KO) and lost 4 (with Frazier, Jerry Quarry, Ali and Lyle).