|Real name||Carl Williams|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Born||November 11, 1959|
Belle Glade, Florida, United States
|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 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.
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.
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 and in 1981 Williams stopped (RSC-2) Ronald Turner of the 25th Precinct in the heavyvweight finals of the 55th New York Golden Gloves.
- Williams won the heavyweight Intercity Golden Gloves over Craig Bodzianowski of Chicago, April 27, 1981.
- Williams stopped (RSC 3) Canadian Patrick Fennel in the semifinals.
- Williams scored a victory over Cuban Roberto Gomez in the finals.
- Williams stopped (KO 1) South Korean Nam Hee Kim in the semifinals.
- Williams scored a victory (5–0) over Soviet Alexander Yagubkin in the finals.
Williams finished his amateur career with 22 fights, completing a record 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.
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 yeas 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
|30 Wins (21 knockouts, 9 decisions), 10 Losses (6 knockouts, 4 decisions), 1 No Contest |
|Loss||30-10-1||8-2||Anthony "T-Bone" Green||TKO||7||30 Oct 1997||Port Chester, New York, United States|
|Win||30-9-1||9-21-3||Marion "The Creep" Wilson||UD||10||13 Jun 1997||Port Chester, New York, United States|
|Win||29-9-1||8-7||Domingo Monroe||PTS||8||27 Nov 1996||Whitman, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||28-9-1||8-12||Lou Turchiarelli||TKO||2||2 Aug 1996||Melville, New York, United States|
|Win||27-9-1||11-5-2||Sean Hart||DQ||3||31 May 1996||Rye Brook, New York, United States|
|Loss||26-9-1||17-1-1||Melvin "Top Gun" Foster||PTS||10||17 Mar 1995||Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||26-8-1||17-2||Alexander Zolkin||TKO||7||22 Jul 1994||Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||26-7-1||35-3||Frank Bruno||TKO||10||24 Apr 1993||Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Loss||26-6-1||34-1||Tommy "The Duke" Morrison||TKO||8||16 Jan 1993||Reno, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the eighth round.|
|Win||26-5-1||10-2||Jimmy Lee Smith||TKO||3||3 Nov 1992||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||25-5-1||23-11-1||Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio||UD||10||20 Aug 1992||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||99–91, 97–94, 98–92|
|Loss||24-5-1||8-4||Jerry "Slice Man" Jones||UD||10||22 Mar 1992||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24-4-1||9-5-1||Marshall Tillman||TKO||2||12 Jan 1992||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.|
|NC||23-4-1||12-6||Kimmuel Odum||NC||10||15 Oct 1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Originally a UD win for Williams, later ruled an NC for unknown reasons.|
|Loss||23-4||33-3||"Terrible" Tim Witherspoon||SD||12||8 Mar 1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title. 113–115, 113–115, 116–112|
|Win||23-3||16-1||Melton Bowen||TKO||5||24 Jul 1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the fifth round.|
|Loss||22-3||36-0||"Iron" Mike Tyson||TKO||1||21 Jul 1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC/WBA/IBF World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the first round.|
|Win||22-2||11-0-1||Mike "Big House" Rouse||TKO||3||10 Nov 1988||Stateline, Nevada, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:20 of the third round.|
|Win||21-2||34-5-1||Trevor Berbick||UD||12||27 Jun 1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title/IBF World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 117–110, 116–111, 116–112|
|Win||20-2||16-3||Rodney Frazier||TKO||1||27 Jan 1988||San Diego, California, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the first round.|
|Win||19-2||11-5-1||Mike Gans||TKO||7||17 Oct 1987||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18-2||16-1||"Smokin" Bert Cooper||RTD||8||21 Jun 1987||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||USBA Heavyweight Title. Cooper could not answer the bell for round eight.|
|Loss||17-2||27-11-1||Mike "Hercules" Weaver||TKO||2||16 Feb 1986||Troy, New York, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.|
|Win||17-1||13-0||Jesse "Boogieman" Ferguson||TKO||10||31 Aug 1985||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the tenth round.|
|Loss||16-1||47-0||Larry "Easton Assassin" Holmes||UD||15||20 May 1985||Reno, Nevada, United States||IBF World Heavyweight Title. 142–143, 139–146, 139–146|
|Win||16-0||30-4||James "Quick" Tillis||UD||10||23 Oct 1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||8–2, 7–3, 9–1|
|Win||15-0||12-9||Terry Mims||TKO||3||9 Aug 1984||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the third round.|
|Win||14-0||14-7-2||Lou Benson Jr.||RTD||2||7 Mar 1984||White Plains, New York, United States||Benson could not answer the bell for round three.|
|Win||13-0||13-2||Percell "Magic" Davis||TKO||4||9 Sep 1983||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the fourth round.|
|Win||12-0||4-6||Woody Clark||PTS||10||16 Aug 1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-0||12-0||David Jaco||TKO||1||30 Jun 1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10-0||5-4||Robert Hill||TKO||3||24 Apr 1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9-0||5-1||Richard Cade||TKO||1||18 Feb 1983||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the first round.|
|Win||8-0||15-12-2||Leroy Boone||PTS||8||9 Dec 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||7-0||16-1-1||Michael Greer||TKO||3||22 Oct 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||6-0||3-4||David Starkey||TKO||3||20 Aug 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||5-0||7-7-1||Barry "Fighting Postman" Funches||TKO||6||11 Jun 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||4-0||3-8||Donny Townsend||KO||1||28 May 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||3-0||1-2-2||Louis Alexander||TKO||2||30 Apr 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||2-0||2-3-1||Dwight Triplett||TKO||1||31 Mar 1982||New York City, United States|
|Win||1-0||0-1||Greg Stephany||UD||4||22 Jan 1982||New York City, United States||4–0, 4–0, 4–0|
Title last held byTony Tucker
| USBA Heavyweight Champion
21 June 1987 – 8 March 1991
- Mike Tyson vs Carl Williams - ENTIRE HBO PROGRAM
- Williams Wins Heavyweight Final. New York Times, March 21, 1981.
- New York Wins 9 of 11 Bouts. New York Times, April 28, 1981.
- American boxers scored four wins in four outings. UPI, September 24, 1981.
- Carl Williams Amateur Record at the BoxingRecords. Last updated : April 12, 2006.
- Mike Tyson - Most Brutal Boxing Sparring Wars