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 defence. "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.