|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Reach||85 in (216 cm)|
|Born||November 11, 1959|
Belle Glade, Florida, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 2013(aged 53)|
|Wins by KO||21|
Carl Williams (November 11, 1959 – April 7, 2013), nicknamed "The Truth", was an American boxer who competed as a professional from 1982 to 1997. He challenged twice for heavyweight world titles; the IBF title against Larry Holmes in 1985; and the undisputed title against Mike Tyson in 1989. At regional level he held the USBA heavyweight title from 1987 to 1991.
"I've been fighting all my life. It was just a matter of deciding I wanted to pursue it in the ring instead of on the street,"
—Williams on his choice of boxing.
Williams spent his childhood in South Jamaica, Queens. He was raised by his grandmother. After his grandmother died, Williams began to box at the age of nineteen, training with the Daniel M. O'Connell Park Gym in Saint Albans, New York (also known as the New York City Recreations O'Connell Center,) walking six miles to his gym and back each day, and showing a natural talent and determination. "He's a natural, no question about that," said his trainer, Vic Hanson.
With a couple of amateur fights under his belt 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.
- Three knockouts and one decision propelled Williams into the 1981 Golden Gloves. In 1981 Williams stopped (RSC-2) Ronald Turner of the 25th Precinct in the heavyweight finals of the 55th New York Golden Gloves at 2:08.
- Williams won the heavyweight Intercity Golden Gloves over Craig Bodzianowski of Chicago, April 27, 1981 at the Madison Square Garden. "punching like a cruise missile," in words of sports writer Tom Hanrahan
- 1/2: Defeated Patrick Fennel (Canada) RSC 3 (the fight was halted after a physician examined a cut over Fennell's eye and ruled he was too badly hurt to continue)
- Finals: Defeated Roberto Gomez (Cuba)
- 1/2: Defeated Nam Hee Kim (South Korea) KO 1
- Finals: Defeated Alexander Yagubkin (Soviet Union) by unanimous decision, 5–0
Williams finished his amateur career with 22 fights, completing a record of 21–1.
Williams soon turned pro, signing a contract with Ron Katz of the Top Rank. After the initial successes he moved to a suburban motel in White Plains, New York, in order to concentrate on training, and stay away from big-city temptations. He was trained by Carmen Graziano.
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. He then suffered a devastating knockout loss to Mike Weaver, which took him sixteen months to regain his shape and get back to the ring.
Williams is perhaps best known for having fought and lost to Mike Tyson (whom he first faced in sparring sessions, August 1, 1983, six years before the title fight, while Tyson was a 17-years-old amateur and Williams was 23 years old with a professional record 11-0) 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.
Williams worked for Allied-SpectaGuard in New York City at the World Trade Center as a security agent and field supervisor. After the September 11 attacks, Williams worked for Verizon in Queens, New York, as a security guard. Later he worked for Forte Security Group in New York City, as a security guard at the Copacabana and Marquee nightclubs until he became ill.
References in popular culture
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."
Professional boxing record
|41 fights||30 wins||10 losses|
|41||Loss||30–10 (1)||Anthony Green||TKO||7 (8)||Oct 30, 1997||Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York, U.S.|
|40||Win||30–9 (1)||Marion Wilson||UD||10||Jun 13, 1997||Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York, U.S.|
|39||Win||29–9 (1)||Domingo Monroe||PTS||8||Nov 27, 1996||Whitman Armory, Whitman, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|38||Win||28–9 (1)||Lou Turchiarelli||TKO||2 (12), 2:15||Aug 2, 1996||Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, New York, U.S.|
|37||Win||27–9 (1)||Sean Hart||DQ||3 (10)||May 31, 1996||Hilton Rye Town Hotel, Rye Brook, New York, U.S.|
|36||Loss||26–9 (1)||Melvin Foster||UD||10||Mar 17, 1995||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|35||Loss||26–8 (1)||Alexandr Zolkin||TKO||7 (10), 2:55||Jul 22, 1994||Southern Belle Casino, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.||Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the seventh round.|
|34||Loss||26–7 (1)||Frank Bruno||TKO||10 (10), 0:29||Apr 24, 1993||National Exhibition Centre, Solihull, England|
|33||Loss||26–6 (1)||Tommy Morrison||TKO||8 (10), 2:10||Jan 16, 1993||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Win||26–5 (1)||Jimmy Lee Smith||TKO||3 (10), 2:59||Nov 3, 1992||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.|
|31||Win||25–5 (1)||Ossie Ocasio||UD||10||Aug 20, 1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|30||Loss||24–5 (1)||Jerry Jones||UD||10||Mar 22, 1992||Harrah's Marina Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|29||Win||24–4 (1)||Marshall Tillman||TKO||2 (10), 2:37||Jan 12, 1992||Harrah's Marina Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|28||NC||23–4 (1)||Kimmuel Odum||NC||10||Oct 15, 1991||Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Originally a UD win for Williams, later ruled an NC for unknown reasons|
|27||Loss||23–4||Tim Witherspoon||SD||12||Mar 8, 1991||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Lost USBA heavyweight title|
|26||Win||23–3||Melton Bowen||TKO||5 (12), 2:00||Jul 24, 1990||Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained USBA heavyweight title|
|25||Loss||22–3||Mike Tyson||TKO||1 (12), 1:33||Jul 21, 1989||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||For WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles|
|24||Win||22–2||Mike Rouse||TKO||3 (12), 1:20||Nov 10, 1988||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.||Retained USBA heavyweight title|
|23||Win||21–2||Trevor Berbick||UD||12||Jun 27, 1988||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained USBA heavyweight title|
|22||Win||20–2||Rodney Frazier||TKO||1 (12), 2:56||Jan 27, 1988||Golden Hall, San Diego, California, U.S.||Retained USBA heavyweight title|
|21||Win||19–2||Mike Gans||TKO||7 (10), 0:41||Oct 17, 1987||Harrah's Marina Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|20||Win||18–2||Bert Cooper||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||Jun 21, 1987||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Won USBA heavyweight title|
|19||Loss||17–2||Mike Weaver||TKO||2 (10), 2:37||Feb 16, 1986||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.|
|18||Win||17–1||Jesse Ferguson||TKO||10 (10), 0:37||Aug 31, 1985||Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|17||Loss||16–1||Larry Holmes||UD||15||May 20, 1985||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.||For IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|16||Win||16–0||James Tillis||UD||10||Oct 23, 1984||Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Terry Mims||TKO||3 (10), 2:14||Aug 9, 1984||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Lou Benson Jr.||RTD||2 (10), 3:00||Mar 7, 1984||Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Percell Davis||TKO||4 (10), 2:20||Sep 9, 1983||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Woody Clark||UD||10||Aug 16, 1983||Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||David Jaco||RTD||1 (10), 3:00||Jun 30, 1983||Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Robert Hill||TKO||3 (8), 2:15||Apr 24, 1983||Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Richard Cade||TKO||1 (8), 2:59||Feb 18, 1983||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Leroy Boone||UD||8||Dec 9, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Michael Greer||TKO||3 (8), 2:13||Oct 22, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||David Starkey||TKO||3 (8), 2:57||Aug 20, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Barry Funches||TKO||6 (6), 2:40||Jun 11, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Donny Townsend||KO||1 (6), 1:29||May 28, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Louis Alexander||TKO||2 (6), 2:24||Apr 30, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Dwight Triplett||TKO||1 (6), 2:52||Mar 31, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Greg Stephany||UD||4||Jan 22, 1982||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.|
- In this corner, a new heavy contender... by Tom Hanrahan, Daily News from New York, March 7, 1980, p. 177.
- Mike Tyson vs Carl Williams - ENTIRE HBO PROGRAM
- Williams issuing stern warning to Bodzianowski, By Tom Hanrahan, Daily News from New York, April 5, 1981, p. 97.
- Williams Wins Heavyweight Final. The New York Times, March 21, 1981.
- New York Wins 9 of 11 Bouts. The New York Times, April 28, 1981.
- A tale of two Golden cities, By Tom Hanrahan, Daily News from New York, April 26, 1981, p. 95.
- American boxers scored four wins in four outings. UPI, September 24, 1981.
- American boxers triumph, Biddeford Journal Tribune, September 24, 1981, p. 15.
- Carl Williams Amateur Record at the BoxingRecords. Last updated : April 12, 2006.
- Carl ‘The Truth’ Williams was as skilled a heavyweight as any that ever stepped into the ring by Tim Smith, New York Daily News, April 12, 2013.
- Carl 'The Truth' Williams: Boxer who fought Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes by Steve Bunce, The Independent, 17 April 2013.
- Mike Tyson - Most Brutal Boxing Sparring Wars
- "Ten-Count for Carl "The Truth" Williams - Boxing.com". Archived from the original on 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-08.