PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                              July 05, 2011


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Camden, NJ light-heavyweight boxer of the 1960s and 1970, Ed Williams, known better as Bojack Williams, passed away Wednesday, June 29th. He was 68 years old.

Williams is listed on with a 10-2 professional record, but this is probably a partial tally of his bouts. His record shows that he fought on the undercard of many important Philadelphia boxing shows. He made his professional debut on the inaugural boxing show of the legendary Spectrum, headlined by Joe Frazier in 1967. Williams lost his first bout to Donnie Ray Sherman by first round knockout.

Williams rebounded with six straight victories, four by knockout, before losing his second bout. One of these victories happened on the undercard of the Kitten Hayward - Emile Griffith show at the Spectrum on October 29, 1968.

His next fight occurred on the undercard of Joe Frazier's heavyweight title defense against Oscar Bonavena, also at the Spectrum.

After traveling to Portland, ME and suffering that second career setback, a split decision loss to Roy Lee, Williams returned to Philadelphia for four more knockout victories. One of these wins occurred March 29, 1971 at the Philadelphia Arena on the undercard of the Floyd Patterson - Roger Russell fight.

Williams closed out his career at the Blue Horizon on October 19, 1971 with a KO of Kenny Baker.

After his retirement from the ring, he worked for the Camden Board of Education for 25 years. Williams' beloved wife Evelyn died just two months prior.

Williams received his nickname of "Bojack" in honor of all-time lightweight boxing great Beau Jack. It is common practice in boxing for a younger fighter, who is reminiscent of another more popular or more famous boxer, to be branded with a nickname that evokes that former fighter.

Services for Ed Williams be held Wednesday July 6th at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Camden (1196 Penn St.). The viewing is 9-11 AM.  Williams will be buried at Sunset Cemetery in Pennsauken.  




John DiSanto - News & Notes - July 05, 2011