Holman Williams

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Holman Williams
Class of 2008
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Holman Williams
Born: 1915-01-30
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: 1967-07-15 (Age:52)
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5′ 10½″   /   179cm
Reach: 71″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Managers: Julian Black, John Roxborough, Charley Rose
Photo #2, Photo #3

Holman Williams is considered by many to have been the greatest technician that ever lived. Legendary trainer Eddie Futch cited Williams and Charley Burley as the two greatest fighters he ever had the privilege to see and was quoted as saying that he would rather watch Williams shadow box than watch most other fighters in action.

Williams was known as a boxer-puncher early in his career, but he become a defensive specialist after his hands were broken several times. He had an excellent jab, deft footwork, and taut defense. "Holman Williams was a great boxer, but he never got the recognition because he wasn't a puncher," Futch said. "He had the finesse of a Ray Robinson, but no punch."

Williams scored victories over notable boxers such as Steve Belloise, Eddie Booker, Charley Burley, Cocoa Kid, Lloyd Marshall, Archie Moore, Bob Satterfield, and Kid Tunero. In 1946, after nearly 14 years as a pro, he lost back-to-back decisions to Marcel Cerdan and Jake LaMotta.