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HISTORY: Carl Williams (born November 11, 1959-April 7, 2013) is a retired American boxer from Belle Glade, Florida who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980s and 1990s. His height is only 193 cm, but his reach is 215 cm, over 20 cm longer than height. Nicknamed "The Truth", Williams' first title shot was against Larry Holmes, a fight he lost in a controversial decision. His next fight was a victory against Jesse Ferguson. Williams is perhaps best known for having fought and lost to Mike Tyson in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight championship. The first round knockout loss to Tyson in 1989 was a devastating defeat for Williams, who never landed an official punch in the fight. Midway through the round, Tyson slipped a jab from Williams and loaded up with one of the most devastating counter-punches of his career, smashing Williams and sending him down for an eight count. The referee waved off the fight and Williams immediately launched a mild protest to the official and ringside judges but to no avail. He believed that the fight was stopped too early and he was not given more of an opportunity to demonstrate to the official that he was not disoriented after the knock-down. In a post fight in-ring interview, Williams appeared to be uninjured, spoke clearly, and expressed his disappointment that he was not given the opportunity to "show my stuff." Williams also called for a rematch, however this never occurred. After the defeat by Tyson, Williams became a journeyman heavyweight. His other notable fights include losses to Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Tommy Morrison, and Frank Bruno, and wins against Bert Cooper and Trevor Berbick. Williams retired in 1997 with a professional record of 30-10-0-1 with 21 knockouts. Williams died on April 7, 2013, of esophageal cancer. He was survived by a daughter, Carla, and a son, Daniel. He was predeceased by his 12-year-old daughter Nijah, who died of leukemia.[Offered here is an original action photograph from the Tommy Morrison-Carl Williams fight which has been signed by Carl "The Truth" Williams.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original, color, 8" x 10" action photograph which has been boldly signed in blue sharpie, "Carl "The Truth" Williams." No creases or tears. Bold color. Bold, clear image.

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: near mint