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April 10, 2013

CARL "THE TRUTH" WILLIAMS, 1959-2013

Boxingtalk joins the friends and family in mourning the loss of former heavyweight contender Carl "The Truth" Williams, who passed away too young. Just 53, Williams lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.  A fine competitor who came along just after the golden age of American heavyweights, Williams' career highlight came in a 1985 defeat to world champion Larry Holmes. Just 16-0 at the time, Williams gave Holmes all he could handle, and some thought he had earned the world heavyweight  championship. Officially, Holmes won the fifteen-round fight by scores of 143-142 and 146-139 (twice). Williams followed up with probably his best career win, a tenth-round stoppage of tough-as-nails and then-undefeated Jesse Ferguson. In 1986, Williams' career was derailed by a second-round stoppage loss to ex-titlist Mike Weaver. Williams rebounded with wins over Bert Cooper, Trevor Berbick and others to earn a 1989 title shot against a prime Mike Tyson. Like Tyson did with every other top heavyweight of the late 1980s, he ran over Williams, knocking him down in the first round. Williams got up, and the fight was probably stopped too quickly, although no one believes the result would have been any different.  After the Tyson loss, Williams soldiered on for eight more years, and wrapped up his fine career with a record of  30-10. May he rest in peace. --Scott Shaffer



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