- David Marc
Williams, Ike (02 August 1923–05 September 1994), professional boxer, who held lightweight championship titles (1945–51), was born in Brunswick, Georgia, a coastal town south of Savannah. Details concerning his life outside of boxing are sparse. The names and occupations of his parents are unknown. Following their separation in 1932, Williams accompanied his mother to Trenton, New Jersey, where he resided for all but the last years of his life. A shy and sullen child by all accounts, Williams grew up in grinding Depression-era poverty and suffered teasing by classmates for his thick country accent. Williams took up boxing in his early teens to develop self-confidence and blossomed into an athlete, earning positions on the varsity track and baseball teams at Trenton Central High School. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue boxing at a neighborhood gym under the tutelage of Jesse Goss, a former prizefighter. Competing as an amateur, Williams won the featherweight championship at the 1938 ...