International Boxing Hall of Fame
Williams began boxing as an amateur in 1928 as a bantamweight and had a successful 38-bout career. In 1932 he turned pro as a featherweight and would eventually be recognized as one of the cleverest welterweights and middleweights of his era.
In his career as a welterweight and middleweight divisions, he fought such notable fighters as Cocoa Kid, Charley Burley, Kid Tunero, Lloyd Marshal, Eddie Booker, Steve Belloise, Bob Satterfield, Archie Moore, Marcel Cerdan and Jake LaMotta. Williams retired with a 145-30-11, 1NC (35 KOs) record.
On July 15, 1967 Williams was killed in a fire while asleep in the club where he worked.