Camacho KOs Foster in fifth

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

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Hecter Camacho is either the best or worst dressed boxer in the boxing profession, depending on your personal fashion taste.

There were more serious questions raised in recent years over whether he was still a championship-caliber fighter at 32.

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

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

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

"It was just like I expected," said Camacho. "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, and 23 Knockouts. Foster is now 33-4, 19 KOs.

Camacho has been trying to resurrect his fading image as "The Macho Man" since being trounced by Chavez in their fight for the WBC junior-welterweight crown three years ago.

When he was at his fighting peak, Camacho was a dazzling boxer who went on to win world titles at 125, 135 and 140 pounds.

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

In the closing minute, Camacho showed flashes of his exceptional hand speed, nailing Foster with a three-punch combination.

Foster tried working to the body in the second round, but it was difficult catching Camacho.

The crowd cheered when Foster landed his first combination in Round 3. Late in the round, Foster scored with a straight right. Camacho spent the entire round retreating and did not land a solid blow.

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 mid-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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