1948-09-23 Ike Williams w co 10 (15) Jesse Flores, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1948-09-23 Ike Williams w co 10 (15) Jesse Flores, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mark Conn. Despite being rated the number-two challenger for the title, with just three losses in 50 contests, Flores (134¾) was unable to offer much of a threat to Williams (134¾), being content to box on the back foot. Finally catching up with his rival, Williams dropped him twice in the fifth and eighth rounds before Flores, trying to avoid the punches coming his way, took a count of ‘three’ after slipping over in the ninth. In the tenth it was all over at 2.04 of the session after the elusive Flores was felled by a right to the jaw and counted out after being set up with jabs and a tremendous left hook to the body.
With weight becoming more of a problem, Williams took time out to meet Johnny Bratton and Kid Gavilan (twice) in the welterweight division early in 1949, but two defeats at the hands of the latter merely emphasised that he should stay put.
Having been matched in mid-March to defend his title against Enrique Bolanos (for the third time) on 25 May, Williams sustained a shoulder injury on the eve of the fight, which caused a postponement. In allowing the champion a warm-up bout when fit, Bolanos would have to wait a little longer for his opportunity.