Camacho stops Foster to take IBC title

January 15, 1995|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- There were serious questions raised in recent years over whether Hector Camacho was still a championship-caliber fighter.

But Camacho showed last night that he still has the right stuff, stopping overmatched Todd Foster at 1:45 of the fifth round at the Convention Center to claim the vacant International Boxing Council welterweight title.

Decked out like a Roman gladiator, complete with steel helmet, the 32-year-old Camacho entered the ring to the jeers of the 10,000-plus fans. The flamboyant native of Puerto Rico now living in Miami was too quick and clever for the plodding Foster.

He floored Foster with a left hook in the fourth round and finished him in the fifth, pummeling the Great Falls, Mont., fighter at will until he sagged to the canvas. Referee Frank Cappuccino stopped the mismatch without counting.

"It was just like I expected," Camacho said. "I knew Foster was an explosive puncher, but I was so hyped, there was no way I could lose tonight."

Camacho said he will now seek a rematch with current World Boxing Council champion Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico.

Recalling the beginning of the end, Foster said, "He caught me in the fourth with a hook to the temple. He kept pulling my head down and hitting me with short lefts. I knew he'd be tough to get to, and he was. I take my hat off to him."

Camacho raised his record to 48-3, including 23 knockouts. Foster is 33-4, with 19 knockouts.

Foster, a 1988 Olympic silver medalist who never has fulfilled his promise, forced the action in the opening minutes as Camacho was content to counterpunch.

Camacho got Foster's attention early in the fourth round with a left hook flush to the jaw. Now Camacho picked up the tempo, stopping Foster in his tracks with a straight left. The corner of Foster's left eye began to bruise. Two wicked lefts and a right dropped Foster in the middle of the ring, but he bounced up quickly as the bell sounded.

Foster kept pressing forward, but now he was an inviting target for Camacho, intent on ending the fight.

Camacho trapped Foster in a corner and would not let him escape. A vicious barrage of some 20 punches, capped by a right hook, dropped Foster in a neutral corner and the referee did not bother to count, waving his hands to signal the end.

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