Black Dynamite
Holman Williams

BORN     : January 30 1915; Pensacola, Florida
DIED      : July 5 1967; Akron, Ohio

HEIGHT   : 5-10
WEIGHT  : 147 lbs
MANAGER: Julian Black and John Roxborough
 

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187
110
35
27
3
11
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When it came to style Holman Williams was a talent so far ahead of his contemporaries that stable-mate Eddie Futch once said that he would rather watch Williams shadow box that watch most other fighters in the ring. Essentially a product of the Detroit boxing gyms, where he trained with Joe Louis and Futch, Holman Williams was one of the great crop of black fighters that battled in the 1930's and 1940's. One look at his record will show that this slick boxing defensive wizard fought the best welterweights, middleweights and even light-heavyweights around at the time. Conspicuous by their absence however, as on most other records of the standout black ring men of the day, are meetings with big name white fighters.

Holman Williams opposed Cerdan and LaMotta only after he had been a professional fighter for close to fourteen years, losing to both of them on points. The only fighter to beat him consistently while in his prime was the largely ignored Louis 'Cocoa' Kid who beat Williams eight times while losing only three decisions.

Other great black fighters that opposed Holman Williams were Charley Burley, Jack Chase, Lloyd Marshall, Kid Tunero, Eddie Booker, Joe Carter, Bert Lytell, Aaron Wade and Archie Moore. Practically every one of these men was avoided by the higher ranked white fighters of the day, (and were mostly avoided by a certain Ray Robinson). All of these guys had to fight amongst themselves opposing each other on a regular basis just to get a payday. Williams fought the great Charley Burley seven times with three wins apiece and one no decision, (though it has been said that they fought each other more than twenty times all over the United States in cash fights), Burley was one of only three fighter to stop Williams.

Besides his great talent one barrier to Williams' quest for a title may have been that Joe Louis managed him for a time, though largely ineffectively. A great asset in the gym due to his marvelous boxing skills and great sense of humor. Holman was liked by everyone he met and was a credit to the sport. After his retirement he helped in the development of young fighters in Akron, Ohio, assisting Lee Thornton. When Thornton opened the Club Wonder, Williams helped out as a weekend maintenance man. One weekend, while asleep in the club he was killed in a fire that engulfed the club.

Holman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008

1932
Aug  1 Joe Lynn                   Detroit, Mi                      KO  6
Sep  2 Art Smith                  Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
Sep 23 Eddie Isaacs               Detroit, Mi                       W  6
Oct 10 Henry Pacer                Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
Oct 12 Chuck Woods                Detroit, Mi                       L  8
Nov 16 Len Hendrickson            Detroit, Mi                       W  8
                                     
1933
Aug 18 Jackie Young               Detroit, Mi                      KO  4
Aug 24 Jack "Soldier" Dombrowski  Detroit, Mi                       W  6
Aug 30 Wilbur Chevalis            Mount Clemens, Mi                 W  8
Oct 13 Mickey O'Brien             Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
Oct 30 Joe Dempsey                Saginaw, Mi                       W 10
Nov 24 Frankie Pallo              Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
                                     
1934
Jan 26 Billy Moore                Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
Feb 14 Cecil Lothery              Mount Clemens, Mi                 W  6
Feb 16 Harry Robertson            Detroit, Mi                       D  6
May  4 Chick Watson               Detroit, Mi                      KO  3
Oct 11 Tommy Corbett              Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  3
Nov  9 Battling Gizzy             Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1
Dec  6 Charlie Bochio             Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  6
                                     
1935
Jan  1 Eddie Carroll              Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  2
Jan  7 Lee Shaywood               Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Jan 14 Harry Booker               Chicago, Il                       W  8
Feb 11 Harry Booker               Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Feb 18 Billy Mackey               Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb 19 Billy Vaughn               Milwaukee, Wi                     W  8
Mar 22 Tommy Paul                 Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Apr  5 Wesley Farrell             New Orleans, La                   W 10
May 17 Wesley Farrell             New Orleans, La                   W  8
May 31 K.O. White                 New Orleans, La                   W 12
Jul  2 "Baby" Tiger Flowers       Chicago, Il                      KO  8
Aug 29 Lew Massey                 Chicago, Il                       W 10
Sep 22 Cocoa Kid                                                    L 10
Oct  2 Chuck Woods                Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Oct 30 Andy Bundy                 St. Louis, Mo                     W  8
                                     
1936
Mar 13 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   L 10
Apr 17 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   L 10
Jun 14 Roger Shea                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  2
Oct  6 Richie Fontaine            New York, NY                      D 10
Oct 19 Wesley Martin              Pittsburgh, Pa                    W  5
Nov 28 Ray Nash                   New York, NY                     KO  3
                                     
1937
Jan  8 Tony Falco                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Jan 28 Joe Nealon                 Scranton, Pa                      W  8
Feb  7 Johnny Lucas               Philadelphia, Pa                  L  8
Mar 12 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   W 10
Mar 19 Luther "Slugger" White     New Orleans, La                  KO  4
Apr 19 Bobby Pacho                Pittsburgh, Pa                    W 10
Jun 11 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   L 15
Jul  5 Johnny Lucas               Pittsburgh, Pa                    W 10
Aug  5 Paulie Walker              New York, NY                      W  8
Sep  2 Vincent Pimpinella         New York, NY                      W  8
Sep 24 Gillito Ramirez            Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Oct  2 Reno Fernandez             Chicago, Il                       W  8
Oct  5 Penna Randezell            Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  2
Oct 11 Tony Rock                  Pittsburgh, Pa                    W 10
Oct 22 Gene Buffalo               New Orleans, La                   W 10
Oct 29 Reno Fernandez             Chicago, Il                       W 10
                                     
1938
Jan  8 Manuel Victoria            Los Angeles, Ca                   W  6
Feb  9 Jimmy Berices              San Francisco, Ca                 W  6
Apr 25 Saverio Turiello           Baltimore, Md                     W 10
May 17 Paulie Walker              Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Jun  9 Jack Portney               Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Jul 11 Kid Frattini               Baltimore, Md                     L 10
Oct 14 Johnny Jackson             Baton Rouge, La                   W 10
Nov 25 Tony Rock                  New York, NY                      D  4
                                     
1939
Jan 18 Wildcat O'Connor           Scranton, Pa                      W 10
Jan 25 Eddie Booker               New York, NY                      D  6
Feb  7 Francisco Montaneri        Scranton, Pa                      W 10
Feb 20 Andre Jessurun             Pittsburgh, Pa                    W 10
Mar 19 Jackie Burke               Scranton, Pa                      W 10
Apr 17 Bobby Seaman               Los Angeles, Ca                   W  6
May 30 Ralph Gizzy                Clarksburg, WV                   KO  4
Jul 14 Johnny Jackson             New Orleans, La                   W 10
Aug  4 Gene Buffalo               New Orleans, La                  KO  5
Oct  2 Carl Dell                  New York, NY                      W  6
Oct 27 Tommy Mollis               New Orleans, La                  KO  4
Dec  1 Charley Burley             New Orleans, La                   W 15
Dec 13 Isidoro "Izzy" Jannazzo    Scranton, Pa                      D 10
                                    
1940
Jan 11 Cocoa Kid                  Baltimore, Md                     L 15
Jan 25 Steve Mamakos              Baltimore, Md                     W 12
Mar 27 Isidoro "Izzy" Jannazzo    Scranton, Pa                      W 10
Jun 20 Joe Legon                  New York, NY                      W  6
Jul  4 Milo Theodorescu           Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Jul 17 Vinnie Vines               New York, NY                     KO  4
Jul 29 "Wild" Bill McDowell       Washington, DC                    W 10
Sep  4 Isidoro "Izzy" Jannazzo    Washington, DC                    L 10
Oct 29 Eddie Dolan                Scranton, Pa                      W 10
Dec  6 Mansfield Driskell         Detroit, Mi                      KO  6
Dec 16 Frankie Britt              Boston, Ma                        W  6

1941
Jan 31 Ernest "Cat" Robinson      New York, NY                      W  6
Feb 17 Frankie Britt              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Mar 21 Gene Buffalo               Detroit, Mi                       W  8
Mar 27 Gene Buffalo               Baltimore, Md                     W 10
May 13 Antonio Fernandez          Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
May 23 Jimmy Leto                 Washington, DC                    W  6
Jun 18 Antonio Fernandez          New York, NY                      W  6
Jul 28 Jack Dubios                Bridgeport, Oh                   KO  6
Sep 29 Jose Basora                New York, NY                      W  6
Oct  6 Raul Carrabantes           New York, NY                      W  6
Oct 31 Rand Jackson               New Orleans, La                   W 10
Nov  7 Ernest "Cat" Robinson      New Orleans, La                   W 10
Nov 21 Howell King                New Orleans, La                   W 10
Dec 22 Cocoa Kid                  Baltimore, Md                     D 10
                                     
1942
Jan  9 Jose Basora                New York, NY                      W  6
Jan 19 Cocoa Kid                  Baltimore, Md                     W 12
Feb 26 Charley Burley             Minneapolis, Mn                   L 10
Mar  2 Cocoa Kid                  Baltimore, Md                     L 15
Mar  9 Kid Tunero                 Baltimore, Md                     W 12
Mar 27 Cocoa Kid                  New York, NY                      L  6
Apr 27 Kid Tunero                 Baltimore, Md                     W 12
Jun 23 Charley Burley             Cincinnati, Oh                    L 10
Jul 10 Randy Brown                New Orleans, La                  KO  5
Jul 24 Lorenzo Strickland         New Orleans, La                   W 10
Jul 27 Johnny Jackson             Baton Rouge, La                   W 10
Aug 14 Charley Burley             New Orleans, La                  LK  9
Oct 16 Charley Burley             New Orleans, La                   W 15
Dec 16 R.J. Lewis                 New Orleans, La                   W 12

1943
Jan 15 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   L 12
Jan 24 Harold "Jamaica" Smith     New Orleans, La                   W 10
Feb 19 Roosevelt Thomas           New Orleans, La                   W 10
Mar 15 Joe Carter                 Newark, NJ                        W 10
Mar 26 Anthony Jones              New Orleans, La                   W 10
Apr  3 Mario Ochoa                Havana, Cuba                      W 10
May  3 Roosevelt Thomas           Newark, NJ                        W 10
May 14 Charley Burley             Hollywood, Ca                    NC 10
Jul 31 Kid Tunero                 Havana, Cuba                      L 10
Aug  9 Jose Basora                Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10
Sep  3 Lloyd Marshall             New Orleans, La                   W 10
Sep 27 John Garner                Washington, DC                    W 10
Oct 11 Joe Carter                 Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Nov 19 Eddie Booker               San Francisco, Ca                 W 10
Dec  6 Steve Belloise             Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10

1944
Jan 12 Tee Hubert                 Washington, DC                    W 10
Jan 24 Gene Buffalo               Washington, DC                    W 10
Feb  7 Jack Chase                 San Francisco, Ca                 W 10
Feb 21 Jack Chase                 San Francisco, Ca                 W 12
Mar  6 Eddie Booker               San Francisco, Ca                 L 10
Mar 17 Battling Monroe            San Francisco, Ca                 W 10
Apr 10 Jose Basora                San Fracisico, Ca                 W 10
Apr 27 Jack Chase                 Denver, Co                        W 15
May 10 Paul Lewis                 Oakland, Ca                       W 10
May 24 Jack Chase                 Oakland, Ca                       W 12
Jun 17 Lloyd Marshall             Oakland, Ca                       L 10
Jul 11 Lloyd Marshall             Washington, DC                    W 10
Jul 21 "Mad" Anthony Jones        New Orleans, La                   W 10
Aug 14 Joe Reddick                Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Sep 15 Cocoa Kid                  New Orleans, La                   D 12
Oct  2 Jose Basora                Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10
Oct 11 Aaron "Tiger" Wade         Oakland, Ca                       W 10
Nov  6 Kid Tunero                 Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Dec 22 Joe Carter                 New Orleans, La                   D 10

1945
Mar 26 Cocoa Kid                  New York                          L 10
Apr 24 Oscar Boyd                 Buffalo, NY                       W 10
May  8 Prentiss Hall              Buffalo, NY                       W  8
May 14 Cocoa Kid                  Baltimore, Md                     W 12
May 20 Joe Carter                 New Orleans, La                   W 15
May 28 Sampson Powell             Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Jul 11 Charley Burley             Buffalo, NY                       W 12
Aug  1 Johnny Green               Buffalo, NY                       W 10
Aug 17 Bert Lytell                New Orleans, La                   D 10
Aug 22 Jimmy Gee                  Denver, Co                       KO  6
Aug 31 Bert Lytell                New Orleans, La                   W 12
Sep 27 Bernie Lanier              Akron, Oh                         W 10
Oct  2 Sampson Powell             Buffalo, NY                       W 10
Oct 10 Len Wadsworth              Windsor, Ont, Can                 W 10
Oct 22 Archie Moore               Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Nov 26 Archie Moore               Baltimore, Md                    LK 11

1946
Jan 24 Joe "Butch" Lynch          Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb  4 Aaron "Tiger" Wade         Queens, NY                       KO  4
Feb 14 George "Wildcat" Henry     Chicago, Il                       W 10
Apr  4 Johnny Carter              Chicago, Il                      KO  7
Apr 15 Bert Lytell                Holyoke, Ma                       L 10
Apr 25 Bob Satterfield            Chicago, Il                       W 10
Jul  7 Marcel Cerdan              Paris, Fr                         L 10
Aug  7 Jake LaMotta               Detroit, Mi                       L 10
Sep 17 Eddie O'Neill              Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Oct 14 Sam Baroudi                New York, NY                      L 10
Nov 25 "Deacon" Johnny Brown      Washington, DC                    W 10

1947
Jan 23 Wylie Burns                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Feb 25 Henry Brimm                Buffalo, NY                       L 10
Mar 14 Henry Hall                 New Orleans, La                   D 10
Mar 28 Henry Hall                 New Orleans, La                   W 12
May 18 Jean Walzack               Paris, Fr                         L 10
Jul  4 Bert Lytell                New Orleans, La                   L 12
Nov  3 Jose Basora                San Juan, PR                      L 10
Nov 28 O'Neill Bell               Detroit, Mi                       W 10

1948
Mar  3 Jose Basora                Chicago, Il                      LK  4
Jun 30 Gentle Daniel              Port of Spain, Trinidad           L 10
*** Thanks To Harry Otty For Providing The Record And Biography ***
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