1949-12-05 Ike Williams w pts 15 Freddie Dawson, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD
1949-12-05 Ike Williams w pts 15 Freddie Dawson, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD. Referee: Charley Daggert. Scorecards: 8-7, 8-7, 9-6. Boxing cautiously for the opening six rounds, the challenger made a difficult target for Williams (135) and when the pair came to close quarters there was far too much mauling and holding. However, in the seventh at least Dawson (134) began to throw a few more punches, especially with the left jab, but all the agression was still with the champion. Although Dawson had the better of it in the eighth, he picked up a deep gash on the left cheekbone when heads came together and the ninth session reverted into a mauling session. The final third of the contest, apart from the 14th, saw Dawson edging it as the jaded Williams tired, but he failed to put in enough work needed to take the decision and really had only himself to blame.
In January 1951, having gone over a year without making a title defence while boxing as a welterweight, the NBA ordered Williams to put his title on the line by 31 March or risk being stripped, naming John L. Davis and Dawson as the two logical contenders.
At the end of March, Frankie Palermo, Williams’ manager, informed the NBA that his fighter would be defending against Jimmy Carter in May, whereupon the Association suspended the champion for employing elusive tactics in electing to fight a man whom they failed to recognise as a worthy challenger. On 23 May, the Californian Boxing Commission also suspended Williams, who was scheduled to defend against Art Aragon on 19 June, for going through with the Carter fight ahead of the latter world title defence.