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IKE WILLIAMS: LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION

IKE WILLIAMS: LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION

07
Feb

Ike Williams was arguably the best lightweight during the 1940s, a golden age for the 135-pound division that was home to future hall of famers such as Sammy Angott, Bob Mongomery and Beau Jack. Williams, a fierce boxer-puncher with textbook technique, fought them all (multiple times), including Mexican stars Juan Zurita (who he KO’d in two rounds in Mexico City in 1945 to win the NBA title) and Enrique Bolanos, as well as welterweight standouts Kid Gavilan and Johnny Bratton. Williams stopped rival Bob Montgomery in six rounds in 1947 to gain universal recognition as lightweight champ, which he retained until 1951.

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