Date: 21st July 1989
Venue: Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Title: WBC, WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles
Promoted by: Don King Productions
( 36 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 219 1/4 lbs
( 22 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 218 lbs
Carl 'The Truth' Williams, the IBF's No. 1 heavyweight contender challenged undisputed titleholder, Mike Tyson, at The Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey with the experience of having taken Larry Holmes the 15 round distance in a title challenge in May 1985. However, this didn't ready the resident of White Plains, New York for the power that Tyson possessed.
Referee Randy Neumann, himself a former heavyweight boxer, counted out Williams on his feet at 1:33 of the 1st round after a Tyson left hook dropped him heavily. Williams protested the stoppage, but Neumann said afterwards "I had a 10-second judgment to make, and he could not answer a very simple question. That, plus the look in his eyes, told me he was not in very good shape. Yes, he was holding his hands up, but I was looking for more of a response than that. He closed his eyes for a couple of seconds, and then I got a blank stare. I asked him, 'Are you all right?' and didn't get an answer. I had 38 fights, I'd been there, too. When you get up from a knockdown, you gotta be ready to fight, not just be an erect target. Most fighters will go out of their way to show you they're ready to continue. He didn't do that."