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Michael "Mike" 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 30-3 (25 KO). He was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Amateur career

Known as "Mercury," Michael Williams began boxing in 1981, and was considered to be a good prospect. He was became the 1984 National Golden Gloves Super heavyweight champion and represented America in the 1984 Olympic games, but lost in the semi-finals. He turned pro after the 1984 olympics with an impressive amateur record of 42 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 28 KO's

Professional career

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. In 1993, he won the NABF heavyweight title from Alex García Jr., and won the vacant NABA heavyweight title from George Dixon in 1995. He retired in 2000 after a TKO loss to Lawrence Clay Bey for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. He had a record of 30 wins and 3 losses with 25 KO's.

After retaining his NABF heavyweight title against Corey Sandy in 1994, Tommy Morrison challenged Mike Williams to a title bout for the WBO heavyweight title so he could attempt to win Williams' NABF title. The fight was going to be called Tommy Gunn vs Union Cane for real, but Williams broke his hand the day before the fight, and it never took place.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
33 fights 30 wins 3 losses
By knockout 25 2
By decision 5 1
No. Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Notes
Loss 30-3 Lawrence Clay Bey TKO 6 (12) 2000/09/17 For vacant NABA heavyweight title
Win 30-2 Albert "Hammer" Stewart UD 10 1999/09/07
Retirement
Win 29-2 Fred Houpe TKO 2 (12) 1995/12/05 Retained NABF & NABA heavyweight titles
Win 28-2 Will Hinton TKO 2 (12) 1995/09/13 Retained NABF & NABA heavyweight titles
Win 27-2 Derrick Edwards KO 1 (12) 1995/07/06 Retained NABF & NABA heavyweight titles
Win 26-2 "Chippy" George Dixon KO 3 (12) 1995/02/26 Retained NABF heavyweight title. Won vacant NABA heavyweight title
Win 25-2 Terrence Lewis TKO 4 (12) 1994/11/07 Won vacant NABF heavyweight title
Win 24-2 "Scary" Gary Butler TKO 3 (10) 1994/09/12
Win 23-2 Corey Sandy KO 5 (12) 1993/08/05 Retained NABF heavyweight title
Win 22-2 Rick Hoard KO 2 (12) 1993/02/16 Retained NABF heavyweight title
Win 21-2 Alex García Jr. TKO 4 (12) 1993/01/01 Won NABF heavyweight title
Win 20-2 Jimmy "Million Dollar" Bills UD 10 1992/12/16
Win 19-2 Elvin Evans KO 6 (10) 1992/11/03
Win 18-2 Juan Ramon Perez KO 4 (10) 1992/02/25
Win 17-2 Russell Rierson KO 2 (10) 1991/11/19
Loss 16-2 James "Buster" Douglas TKO 7 (10) 1988/06/27
Win 16-1 Dorcey Gaymon TKO 2 (10) 1988/05/10
Win 15-1 Art Terry UD 10 1988/02/03
Win 14-1 Leon Dixon TKO 2 (10) 1988/01/06
Loss 13-1 "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon SD 10 1987/10/14
Win 13-0 Rufus "Hurricane" Hadley UD 8 1987/05/22
Win 12-0 Ken Elliott TKO 3 (8) 1987/04/09
Win 11-0 Billy Joe Thomas TKO 7 (8) 1987/02/12
Win 10-0 "Quick" James Tillis TKO 8 (10) 1987/01/08
Win 9-0 Robert Obey KO 4 (6) 1986/12/14
Win 8-0 Tommy "Gun" Taylor TKO 5 (6) 1986/10/17
Win 7-0 Terry "Strong Arm" Armstrong UD 6 1986/07/05
Win 6-0 John "Rebel" Barbier KO 2 (6) 1986/05/02
Win 5-0 Carl "Sailor" Dorsey TKO 3 (6) 1986/02/12
Win 4-0 Ronald "Ike" Turner KO 4 (4) 1985/08/23
Win 3-0 Lorenzo Boyd KO 3 (4) 1985/03/18
Win 2-0 Guy Ramsey TKO 4 (4) 1985/01/08
Win 1-0 Walter Ed Morris KO 3 (4) 1984/09/13 Professional debut

Trivia

  • 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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