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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Jermall Charlo vs. Edgar Perez & Luis Ramos vs. Ricardo Williams Dec.8

LOS ANGELES, December 6 – A star-studded lineup will march into the Business Expo Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, December 8 when undefeated Houston prospect Jermall Charlo, two 2012 United States Olympians and four unbeaten rising stars all take to the ring in undercard bouts leading into the FOX Sports Networks, FOX Deportes and FUEL TV televised main event between unbeaten junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr.

 

In the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature, Charlo puts his 9-0 record on the line against Chicago’s Edgar Perez. Also seeing television time will be 2012 Olympian Rau’Shee Warren facing David Reyes in a four round bantamweight fight. Also in action will be Warren’s Olympic teammate Jamel Herring in his professional debut against Jose Valderrama.

 

Plus, fight fans watching at home will be treated to two memorable blasts from the past, as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz and Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito classic fights will be aired at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on FOX Deportes before live action takes place in Anaheim.

 

This explosive night of action is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and DeWalt Tools. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 5:30 p.m. PT. The FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes broadcast will air live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. FUEL TV will rebroadcast the fight on January 20, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.

 

Tickets priced at $30 and $50 are available for purchase online at www.goldenboypromotions.com.

 

The twin brother of fellow undefeated prospect Jermell, Jermall Charlo (9-0, 5 KO’s) has been steadily building his professional resume and he’s made it clear that he wants one more victory before 2013 begins. The 22-year-old Charlo is coming off of a fifth round technical knockout win over Sean Wilson in March, and will look for his tenth straight against Chicago’s Edgar Perez (5-1, 3 KO’s), a Puerto Rico native making his first U.S. start this weekend.

 

The only three-time U.S. Olympian in history, Cincinnati’s Rau’Shee Warren (1-0) was one of the most decorated amateurs this nation has ever seen. Looking to build a similar resume as a professional, the 25-year-old got off to a good start on November 9 with a four round win over Luis Rivera in his pro debut. On Saturday, he will meet Montebello’s David Reyes (2-2-1) in a four-round bantamweight fight.

 

Hailing from Coram, New York, junior welterweight Jamel Herring is the latest member of the Class of 2012 to enter the professional fight game. A two-time Gold medalist in the Armed Forces Championships, the former number one ranked U.S. junior welterweight will face Jose Valderrama (3-2, 3 KO’s) of Manati, Puerto Rico in a four round junior welterweight match.

 

In a light heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Fort Washington, Maryland’s Thomas Williams (10-0, 7 KO’s) will attempt to extend his three-fight first round knockout streak when he takes on Obregon, Mexico’s Ricardo Campillo (7-4-1, 5 KO’s).

 

Plus, Santa Ana’s Erick Ituarete (3-0) meets debuting San Jose product Noe Lucas in a junior lightweight match, Vallejo’s Gerald Washington (4-0, 3 KO’s) is pitted against Hannibal, Missouri’s Marcus Washington (1-0, 1 KO) in heavyweight action and Toledo, Ohio’s Robert Easter Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Albuquerque lightweight David Castillo (3-4) in the opening fight. This trio of bouts are scheduled for four rounds each.