Carl Williams (boxer)

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Carl Williams
Statistics
Real name Carl Williams
Nickname(s) The Truth
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nationality American
Born (1959-11-11)November 11, 1959
Belle Glade, Florida, United States
Died April 7, 2013(2013-04-07) (aged 53)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 30
Wins by KO 21
Losses 10
Draws 0
No contests 1

Carl Williams (November 11, 1959 – April 7, 2013) was an American boxer from Belle Glade, Florida who was the USBA United States Heavyweight Boxing champion, and who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980s and 1990s.

Professional career[edit]

Nicknamed "The Truth", Williams' first title shot was against Larry Holmes, a fight he lost in a controversial decision. His next fight was a victory against Jesse Ferguson.

Williams is perhaps best known for having fought and lost to Mike Tyson in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight championship. The first round knockout loss to Tyson in 1989 was a devastating defeat for Williams. Midway through the round, Tyson slipped a jab from Williams and loaded up with one of the most devastating counter-punches of his career, smashing Williams and sending him down for an eight count. The referee waved off the fight and Williams immediately launched a mild protest to the official and ringside judges but to no avail. He believed that the fight was stopped too early and he was not given more of an opportunity to demonstrate to the official that he was not disoriented after the knock-down. In a post fight in-ring interview, Williams appeared to be uninjured, spoke clearly, and expressed his disappointment that he was not given the opportunity to "show my stuff." Williams also called for a rematch, however this never occurred.

After the defeat by Tyson, Williams became a journeyman heavyweight. His other notable fights include losses to Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Tommy Morrison, and Frank Bruno, and wins against Bert Cooper and Trevor Berbick.

Williams retired in 1997 with a professional record of 30-10-0-1 with 21 knockouts.

Amateur career[edit]

Williams won two New York Golden Gloves Championships. Williams won both the 1980 New York Golden Gloves Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship and the 1981 Heavyweight Open Championship.

  • Williams stopped (RSC-2) John Kibelka of the New York City Recreation in the finals of the 1980 Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship and in 1981 Williams stopped (RSC-2) Ronald Turner of the 25th Precinct in the finals to win the Championship. Williams trained at the New York City Recreations O'Connell Center.
  • Williams won the 1981 heavyweight Intercity Golden Gloves over Craig Bodzianowski.

References in popular culture[edit]

Williams was the inspiration for a parody character on the Fox program In Living Color, Carl "The Tooth" Williams, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, a boxer so named because he only had one tooth. Williams would live his everyday life in his boxing apparel, making all appearances while singing the opening line to "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang."

After Retirement[edit]

Williams worked for Allied-SpectaGuard in New York City at Ground zero as a security agent and field supervisor. After the September 11 tragedy, Williams later worked for Verizon in Queens, New York, as a security guard. And Forte Security Group in New York City working at Copacabana Nightclub and Marquee Nightclub up until he became ill.

Death[edit]

Williams died on April 7, 2013, of esophageal cancer. He was survived by a daughter, Carlahorse, and a son, Daniel. He was predeceased by his 12 year old daughter Nijah, who died of leukemia.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (21 knockouts, 9 decisions), 10 Losses (6 knockouts, 4 decisions), 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 8-2 United States Anthony "T-Bone" Green TKO 7 30 Oct 1997 New York Port Chester, New York, United States
Win 9-21-3 United States Marion "The Creep" Wilson UD 10 13 Jun 1997 New York Port Chester, New York, United States
Win 8-7 United States Domingo Monroe PTS 8 27 Nov 1996 Massachusetts Whitman, Massachusetts, United States
Win 8-12 United States Lou Turchiarelli TKO 2 2 Aug 1996 New York Melville, New York, United States
Win 11-5-2 United States Sean Hart DQ 3 31 May 1996 New York Rye Brook, New York, United States
Loss 17-1-1 United States Melvin "Top Gun" Foster PTS 10 17 Mar 1995 Pennsylvania Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 17-2 Russia Alexander Zolkin TKO 7 22 Jul 1994 Mississippi Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the seventh round.
Loss 35-3 United Kingdom Frank Bruno TKO 10 24 Apr 1993 United Kingdom Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Loss 34-1 United States Tommy "The Duke" Morrison TKO 8 16 Jan 1993 Nevada Reno, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the eighth round.
Win 10-2 United States Jimmy Lee Smith TKO 3 3 Nov 1992 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 23-11-1 Puerto Rico Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio UD 10 20 Aug 1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 99-91, 97-94, 98-92.
Loss 8-4 United States Jerry "Slice Man" Jones UD 10 22 Mar 1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-5-1 United States Marshall Tillman TKO 2 12 Jan 1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.
No Contest 12-6 United States Kimmuel Odum NC 10 15 Oct 1991 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States UD for Williams vacated for unknown reasons.
Loss 33-3 United States "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon SD 12 8 Mar 1991 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. 113-115, 113-115, 116-112.
Win 16-1 Jamaica Melton Bowen TKO 5 24 Jul 1990 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the fifth round.
Loss 36-0 United States "Iron" Mike Tyson TKO 1 21 Jul 1989 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC/WBA/IBF World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the first round.
Win 11-0-1 United States Mike "Big House" Rouse TKO 3 10 Nov 1988 Nevada Stateline, Nevada, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:20 of the third round.
Win 34-5-1 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 12 27 Jun 1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Heavyweight Title/IBF World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 117-110, 116-111, 116-112.
Win 16-3 United States Rodney Frazier TKO 1 27 Jan 1988 California San Diego, California, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the first round.
Win 11-5-1 United States Mike Gans TKO 7 17 Oct 1987 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16-1 United States "Smokin" Bert Cooper RTD 8 21 Jun 1987 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. Cooper could not answer the bell for round eight.
Loss 27-11-1 United States Mike "Hercules" Weaver TKO 2 16 Feb 1986 New York Troy, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.
Win 13-0 United States Jesse "Boogieman" Ferguson TKO 10 31 Aug 1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the tenth round.
Loss 47-0 United States Larry "Easton Assassin" Holmes UD 15 20 May 1985 Nevada Reno, Nevada, United States IBF World Heavyweight Title. 142-143, 139-146, 139-146.
Win 30-4 United States James "Quick" Tillis UD 10 23 Oct 1984 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 8-2, 7-3, 9-1.
Win 12-9 United States Terry Mims TKO 3 9 Aug 1984 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the third round.
Win 14-7-2 United States Lou Benson, Jr. RTD 2 7 Mar 1984 New York White Plains, New York, United States Benson could not answer the bell for round three.
Win 13-2 United States Percell "Magic" Davis TKO 4 9 Sep 1983 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the fourth round.
Win 4-6 United States Woody Clark PTS 10 16 Aug 1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-0 United States David Jaco TKO 1 30 Jun 1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-4 United States Robert Hill TKO 3 24 Apr 1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-1 United States Richard Cade TKO 1 18 Feb 1983 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the first round.
Win 15-12-2 United States Leroy Boone PTS 8 9 Dec 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 16-1-1 United States Michael Greer TKO 3 22 Oct 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 3-4 United States David Starkey TKO 3 20 Aug 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 7-7-1 United States Barry "Fighting Postman" Funches TKO 6 11 Jun 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 3-8 United States Donny Townsend KO 1 28 May 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 1-2-2 United States Louis Alexander TKO 2 30 Apr 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 2-3-1 United States Dwight Triplett TKO 1 31 Mar 1982 New York New York City, United States
Win 0-1 United States Greg Stephany UD 4 22 Jan 1982 New York New York City, United States 4-0, 4-0, 4-0.
Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Tony Tucker
USBA Heavyweight Champion
21 June 1987 – 8 March 1991
Succeeded by
Tim Witherspoon

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