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Michael Williams (born June 16, 1962) appears as heavyweight boxing contender Union Cane in Rocky V. He is also a retired real life boxer, his professional career went from 1984-2000. His professional record is 26-2 (16 KO). He was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Amateur careerEdit

Known as "Mercury," Michael Williams began boxing in 1981, and was considered to be a good prospect. He represented America in the 1984 Olympic games, and made it to the semi-finals. He turned pro after the 1984 olympics with an impressive amateur record of 36 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 18 KO's

Professional career Edit

After Williams turned pro in 1984 he was considered a rising prospect. He won his first 13 fights, including a win over James Tillis. In 1987 he stepped up and lost a split decision to former champion Tim Witherspoon. After his first loss to Witherspoon, Williams defeated some notable heavyweight including James "Buster" Douglas and Corrie Sanders. In the 1990's, he won the NABF heavyweight title from Alex Garcia. He retired in 2000 after a TKO loss to Lawrence Clay Bey, losing his NABF title. He had a record of 26 wins and 2 losses with 16 KO's.

Acting careerEdit

Williams portrayed fictional heavyweight champion of the world Union Cane in Rocky V. In the movie, he was soundly defeated in 1 round by Tommy Gunn.


External linksEdit

Mike Williams (boxer) Wikipedia page


  • Named The Ring Magazine Prospect of the Year in 1986.
  • According to Bill Cayton, Williams once knocked down Mike Tyson in sparring.

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