1949-07-21 Ike Williams w rsc 4 (15) Enrique Bolanos, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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1949-07-21 Ike Williams w rsc 4 (15) Enrique Bolanos, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack Dempsey. Taking on Williams (135) for the third time having gone close previously, as early as the opening session it could be clearly seen that the champion intended to finish the job quickly. Although badly hurt in the second and third rounds, Bolanos (133), his left eye swollen, still kept giving it his best shot. However, his punches had no effect whatsoever on Williams. Then, in the fourth crashing rights to the jaw and left hooks to head and body dropped him in a dazed state. Having got up at ‘eight’ Bolanos was quickly set about by Williams, who hammered in lefts and rights, and at 2.40 the referee rescued him immediately prior to his corner throwing in the towel.

Rated as the number-two welterweight contender by The Ring magazine, Freddie Dawson would be Williams’ next challenger. A classy box-fighter with a great left jab, Dawson had boxed Williams three times previously in non-title contests, being knocked out by a body punch, losing on points and gaining a draw. Since being outpointed by Johnny Williams in March 1948 he had remained undefeated in 17 contests, beating Joe Brown, Bee Bee Wright, Bernard Docusen, Tommy Campbell and Doug Ratford along the way. Earlier, he had popped over to Australia to beat Vic Patrick and Eddie Miller, the country’s lightweight and featherweight champions.