Forgotten Legends: Ricardo Williams

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By: Steve Gallegos

Cincinnati, Ohio has produced its share of world champions such as Aaron Pryor, Tim Austin and most Recently Adrien Broner; however there was another fighter from Cincinnati that didn’t make it to the mountaintop. That fighter was Ricardo “Slick Ricky” Williams.

Williams was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team that spawned future world champions such as Jermain Taylor, Jeff Lacy, and Brian Viloria. Williams would win a silver medal in Sydney and along with four of his fellow teammates would sign with Dibella Entertainment upon turning pro.

He made his pro debut on January 27, 2001 at Madison Square Garden. He would make his pro debut alongside fellow teammates Jermain Taylor, Jose Navarro, Clarence Vinson and Michael Bennett. The bouts were nationally televised on HBO and Williams was impressive in scoring a 4 th round TKO.

He had a good boxing/puncher style in which he put together combinations beautifully to the body and head. Over the next two years, he was very impressive as he went 8-0-1 including a victory over former world champion Terron Millett; however his conditioning and dedication were starting to come into question.

In February 2003, Williams co-headlined an HBO Boxing After Dark card alongside fellow Cincinnati native Tim Austin. Williams took on unheralded Juan Valenzuela and would lose a lopsided unanimous decision in which he looked underconditioned and uninterested. The night would not go so well for Cincinnati as Tim Austin suffered a TKO loss to Rafael Marquez in the main event.

Williams seemed to drop out of the spotlight after the Valenzuela fight. He would fight three more times over the next two years, dropping a split decision to Manning Galloway in which Williams fought 11 pounds heavier than his normal weight of 140 lbs. Things would only get worse for Williams outside the ring.

In 2005, Williams was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. After serving 2 ½ years of his sentence, he was released and made a comeback. He has gone 11-1 from 2008-2012.

Why am I writing this piece? If you ever had the pleasure of seeing Ricardo Williams fight, you saw flashes of a world champion and possible superstar. He’s one of those stories of what could have been. He hasn’t fought since December, 2012 and should he choose to continue fighting, we definitely wish him the best and hope he can finally reach that mountaintop.

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Danny O’Connor Headlines 12th Annual ‘Fight To Educate’ Sept. 12

MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 15, 2013) -Light welterweight prospect Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (21-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring Thursday night, September 12, to headline the 12 th annual Fight To Educate (FTE) Pro-Am boxing event, at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Alrich Cabinet, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 11 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefitting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.

This year’s attending Boxing Legends are two-time world light welterweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Aaron “Hawk” Pryor (39-1, 25 KOs), former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (29-5, 23 KOs), and two-division (welterweight & light welterweight) world champion James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs).

“We are extremely excited about the forthcoming 12 th annual FTE extravaganza,” FTE Chairperson Stephen Singer said. “In addition to hosting such iconic boxing legends such as Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini and Aaron ‘Hawk’ Pryor at the event, our card promises an incredible night of heart-pounding action.”

O’Connor, fighting out of Framingham, Massachusetts, will be fighting in his record-setting fifth FTE event. The southpaw, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, made his professional debut on the 2008 FTE card and participated the following three years. He is 4-0 in FTE fights, winning each by knockout.

The 28-year-old Irish-American is riding a seven-fight win streak, which started at the 2011 FTE, since two-time world title challenger Ronnie Shields joined his corner as head trainer. O’Connor’s popularity has sky-rocketed since Kenny Casey, founder and front-man for the world-renown Dropkick Murphys band, became his manager last year. Undefeated light middleweight Chris Gilbert, fighting out of Windsor, Vermont, is no stranger to the FTE. He will be fighting in his third straight FTE event having won his two previous FTE fights by stoppage.