Inducted on September 12, 1971

The former lightweight champion was born in Brunswick, Georgia, on August 2, 1923, his family moving to Trenton, N. J. while Ike was a youngster. Started his boxing career as an amateur in 1938 and joined the punch-for-pay ranks in 1940.

Hard punching Ike. started moving in 1942 and 1943, winning all his bouts and became a top rated contender in 1944, defeating Sammy Angott twice, Cleo Shas and Lu Lu Constantino. On April 18, 1945, Ike kayoed Juan Zurita in two rounds to gain the N.B.A. lightweight championship. After ten more wins. In 1947 Ike knocked out Bob Mongomery in six rounds to become lightweight champion of the world. Ike held the title until 1951, meeting and beating Beau Jack, Kid Gavilan, Enrique Bolonas, until dethroned by Jimmy Carter.

Williams received the Edward J. Neil Memorial Award on January 12, 1949, for contributing most to boxing in and out of the ring during 1948. He was also named “Fighter of the Year” for 1948.

After 15 active years the likeable and good humored ex-champ retired in 1955. Ike engaged in 154 bouts, won 65 by decisions, and scored 60 knockouts, with many of his bouts in the heavier welterweight class.

Ike is now Physical Education Director at the Kilmer Skill Center in Edison, N. J.

Welcome into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, Champion Ike Williams. Congratulations and good luck.

Managers: Connie McCarthy and Frankie Palermo
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