NJ Boxing HOF

IKE WILLIAMS

Born: August 2, 1923
Died: September 5, 1994
Total Bouts: 154
Won: 125
Lost: 24
Drew: 5
KOs: 60
Induction: 1971
 
IKE WILLIAMS' brilliant career will forever be schrouded in controversey.
Williams turned pro in 1940 and established himself as a force when he twice beat 
Sammy Angott in 1944. One year later, he earned recognition as NBA lightweight champion 
with a second-round knockout of Juan Zurita. Williams was on a roll and unified the 
lightweight crown in 1947 by knocking out fellow Hall-of-Famer Bob Montgomery.

Williams made five successful title defenses before losing the lightweight title to 
Jimmy Carter in 1951. Williams engaged in numerous non-title fights that appeared to 
be more dangerous than his title defenses. He fought the likes of Tippy Larkin, Kid 
Gavilan (three times), Joe Miceli (three times), and Johnny Bratton (two times) in 
exciting above-the-weight matches.

After a dispute with his original manager in the mid-1940s, Williams was blacklisted 
by the Boxing Managers Guild. In an effort to salvage his career, he signed a managerial 
contract with notorious mobster Blinky Palermo, who controlled boxing then with Frankie 
Carbo. Williams got fights, but he didn't always get his money.

In 1948, Williams defened his crown against Enrique Bolanos, Jesse Flores and Beau Jack. 
owever, he said he did not receive $40,000 out of his $65,000 share of the Flores and Jack 
fights. He later testified in 1960 during a Senate investigation into organized crime and 
boxing that it was Palermo who kept the money.

Williams also testified that he was offered bribes to throw his fight against Carter and 
the second fight against Gavilan. Although he said he refused the bribes, Williams lost 
both fights.

After Williams lost his lightweight title, he continued to fight the best in the world. 
He met Gil Turner, Chuck Davey and Carmen Basilio. He retired in 1956 after scoring a 
knockout over Beau Jack.

Professional Boxing Record
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1940
Mar 15	Carmine Fiotti		New Brunswick, NJ	W 4
Mar 29	Billy George		New Brunswick, NJ	W 4
Apr 1	Patsy Gall		Hazelton, PA		D 6
May 10	Billy Hildebrand	Morristown, NH		L 6
Jun 17	Billy Hildebrand	Mt. Freedom, NJ		KO 6
Jul 19	Joe Romero		Mt. Freedom, NJ		KO 2
Sep 9	Pete Kelly		Trenton, NJ		KO 2
Nov 11	Tony Maglione		Trenton, NJ		L 8

1941
Jan 6	Tommy Fontana		Trenton, NJ		W 8
Feb 19	Carl Zullo		Perth Amboy, NJ		KO 2
Mar 5	Joey Zodda		Perth Amboy, NJ		L 6
Mar 19	Joe Genovese		Perth Amboy, NJ		W 6
Apr 9	Johnny Rudolph		Petth Amboy, NJ		W 6
Apr 14	Hugh Civatte		Trenton, NJ		KO 3
Oct 1	Freddie Archer		Perth Amboy, NJ		L 8
Oct 27	Benny Williams		Newark, NJ		D 6
Nov 3	Vince DeLia		Newark, NJ		W 6
Dec 16	Eddie Dowe		Perth Amboy, NJ		W 6

1942
Jan 26	Eddie Dowe		Newark, NJ		W 6
Mar 26	Pedro Firpo		Atlantic City		W 8
Apr 10	Angelo Panatellas	Atlantic City		KO 5
Apr 24	Willie Roache		Perth Amboy, NJ		W 8
May 7	Abie Kaufman		Atlantic City		W 8
Jun 29	Ivan Christie		Newark, NJ		KO 5
Jul 29	Angelo Maglione		Trenton, NJ		KO 3
Aug 13	Jan Ruby Garcia		Atlantic City		W 8
Sep 10	Charley Davis		Elizabeth, NJ		W 8
Oct 20	Gene Burton		White Plains, NY	KO 4
Dec 7	Bob Gunther		Trenton, NJ		W 8
Dec 21	Sammy Daniels		Baltimore		W 6

1943
Jan 29	Jerry Moore		New York		W 6
Feb 22	Sammy Daniels		Philadelphia		KO 2
Feb 23	Bobby McQuillar		Cleveland		KO 3
Mar 8	Bill Speary		Philadelphia		KO 2
Apr 2	Rudy Giscombe		New York		KO 3
Apr 5	Ruby Garcia		Philadelphia		W 8
Apr 21	Joe Genovese		Cleveland		KO 4
May 7	Maurice LaChance	Boston			W 8
May 17	Ray Brown		Philadelphia		W 10
Jul 19	Jimmy Hatcher		Philadelphia		KO 6
Aug 24	Tommy Jessup		Hartford, CT		KO 5
Aug 31	Johnny Bellus		Hartford, CT		W 10
Sep 13	Jerry Moore		W. Springfield, MA	W 10
Oct 1	Maurice LaChance	Boston			KO 4
Oct 22	Ed Perry		New Orleans		KO 2
Oct 29	Gene Johnson		New Orleans		W 10
Nov 8	Johnny Hutchison	Philadelphia		KO 3
Dec 13	Mayon Padlo		Philadelphia		W 10

1944
Jan 25	Bob Montgomery		Philadelphia		KO by 12
Feb 28	Ellis Francis		Philadelphia		KO 1
Mar 13	Leo Francis		Trenton, NJ		W 8
Mar 27	Joey Peralta		Philadelphia		KO 9
Apr 10	Leroy Saunders		Holyoke, MA		KO 5
Apr 17	Mike Delia		Philadelphia		KO 1
May 16	Luther White		Philadelphia		W 10
Jun 7	Sammy Angott		Philadelphia		W 10
Jun 23	Cleo Shans		New York		KO 10
Jul 10	Joey Pirrone		Philadelphia		KO 1
Jul 20	Julie Kogon		New York		W 10
Aug 29	Jimmy Hatcher		Washington DC		W 10
Sep 6	Sammy Angott		Philadelphia		W 10
Sep 19	Freddie Dawson		Philadelphia		KO 4
Oct 18	Johnny Green		Buffalo			KO 2
Nov 2	Ruby Garcia		Baltimore		KO 7
Nov 13	Willie Joyce		Philadelphia		L 10
Dec 5	Lulo Costantino		Cleveland		W 10
Dec 12	Dave Castilloux		Buffalo			KO 5

1945
Jan 8	Willie Joyce		Philadelphia		W 12
Jan 22	Mike Berger		Philadelphia		KO 4
Mar 2	Willie Joyce		New York		L 12
Mar 26	Dorsey Lay		Philadelphia		KO 3
Apr 18	Juan Zurita		Mexico City		KO 2
	(Wins NBA Lightweight Title)
Jun 9	Willie Joyce		New York		L 10
Aug 14	Charley Smith		Union City, NJ		W 10
Aug 28	Gene Burton		Philadelphia		W 10
Sep 7	Nick Moran		New York		W 10
Sep 19	Sammy Angott		Pittsburgh		KO by 6
Nov 26	Wesley Mouzon		Philadelphia		D 10

1946
Jan 8	Charley Smith		Trenton, NJ		W 10
Jan 20	Johnny Bratton		New Orleans		W 10
Jan 28	Freddie Dawson		Philadelphia		D 10
Feb 14	Cleo Shans		Orange, NJ		W 10
Feb 22	Ace Miller		Detroit			W 10
Mar 11	Eddie Giosa		Philadelphia		KO 4
Apr 8	Eddie Giosa		Philadelphia		KO 1
Apr 30	Enrique Bolanos		Los Angeles		KO 8
	(Retains NBA Lightweight Title)
Jun 12	Bobby Ruffin		Brooklyn		KO 5
Aug 6	Ivan Christie		Norwalk, CT		KO 2
Sep 4	Ronnie James		Cardiff, Wales		KO 9	
	(Retains NBA Lightweight Title)

1947
Jan 27	Gene Burton		Chicago			L 10
Apr 14	Frankie Conti		Allentown, PA		KO 7
Apr 25	Willie Russell		Colombus, OH		W 10
May 9	Ralph Zannelli		Boston			W 10
May 26	Juste Fontaine		Philadelphia		KO 4
Jun 20	Tippy Larkin		New York		KO 4
Aug 4	Bob Montgomery		Philadelphia		KO 6
	(Wins World Lightweight Title)
Sep 29	Doll Rafferty		Philadelphia		KO 4
Oct 10	Talmadge Bussey		Detroit			KO 9
Dec 12	Tony Pellone		New York		W 10

1948
Jan 13	Doug Carter		Camden, NJ		W 10
Jan 26	Freddie Dawson		Philadelphia		W 10
Feb 9	Livio Minelli		Philadelphia		W 10
Feb 27	Kid Gavilan		New York		W 10
May 5	Rudy Cruz		Hartford, CT		W 10
May 25	Enrique Bolanos		Los Angeles		W 15
	(Retains World Lightweight Title)
Jul 12	Beau Jack		Philadelphia		KO 6
	(Retains World Lightweight Title)
Sep 23	Jesse Flores		New York		KO 10
	(Retains World Lightweight Title)
Nov 8	Buddy Garcia		Philadelphia		KO 1
Nov 18	Billy Nixon		Philadelphia		KO 4

1949
Jan 17	Johnny Bratton		Philadelphia		W 10
Jan 28	Kid Gavilan		New York		L 10
Apr 1	Kid Gavilan		New York		L 10
Apr 23	Vince Turpin		Cleveland		KO 6
Jun 21	Irvin Steen		Los Angeles		W 10
Jul 21	Enrique Bolanos		Los Angeles		KO 4
	(Retains World Lightweight Title)
Aug 3	Benny Walker		Oakland			W 10
Sep 30	Doug Ratford		Philadelphia		W 10
Oct 24	Al Mobley		Trenton, NJ		W 10
Nov 14	Jean Walzack		Philadelphia		W 10
Dec 5	Freddie Dawson		Philadelphia		W 15
	(Retains World Lightweight Title)

1950
Jan 20	Johnny Bratton		Chicago			KO 8
Feb 17	Sonny Boy West		New York		KO 8
Feb 27	John Davis		Seattle			W 10
Jun 2	Lester Felton		Detroit			W 10
Jul 12	George Costner		Philadelphia		L 10
Aug 7	Charley Salas		Washington DC		L 10
Sep 26	Charley Salas		Washington DC		W 10
Oct 2	Joe Miceli		Milwaukee		L 10
Nov 23	Joe Miceli		Milwaukee		W 10
Dec 12	Dave Marsh		Akron, OH		KO 9
Dec 18	Rudy Cruz		Philadelphia		W 10

1951
Jan 5	Jose Maria Gatica	New York		KO 1
Jan 22	Ralph Zannelli		Providence		KO 5
Jan 31	Vic Cardell		Detroit			KO 9
Feb 19	Joe Miceli		Philadelphia		L 10
Mar 5	Beau Jack		Providence		W 10
Apr 11	Fitzie Pruden		Chicago			W 10
May 25	Jimmy Carter		New York		KO by 14
	(Loses World Lightweight Title)
Aug 2	Don Williams		Worchester, MA		L 10
Sep 10	Gil Turner		Philadelphia		KO by 10

1952
Mar 17	Johnny Cunningham	Baltimore		KO 5
Mar 26	Chuck Davey		Chicago			KO by 7
Nov 24	Pat Manzi		Syracuse, NY		KO 7

1953
Jan 12	Carmen Basilio		Syracuse, NY		L 10
Mar 9	Claude Hammond		Trenton, NJ		W 10
Mar 28	Vic Cardell		Philadelphia		W 10
Apr 20	Billy Andy		Trenton, NJ		W 10
May 18	Billy Andy		Erie, PA		W 10
Jun 8	George Johnson		Trenton, NJ		KO by 8
Sep 17	Dom Zimbardo		Newark, NJ		KO 2
Nov 9	Jed Black		Fort Wayne, IN		L 10

1954
Jul 2	Rafael Lastrea		Havana			L 10

1956
Apr 9	Beau Jack		Augusta, GA		D 10
Aug 12	Beau Jack		Augusta, GA		KO 9


 

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