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Michael "Mike" Williams (born June 16, 1962) appears as heavyweight boxing contender Union Cane in Rocky V. He is also a retired real life boxer, his professional career lasted from 1984-1994. His professional record is 25-3 (20 KO). He was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Amateur career

Known as "Mercury," Michael Williams began boxing in 1981. He was became the 1984 National Golden Gloves Super heavyweight champion.

Professional career

After Williams turned pro in 1984 he was considered a rising prospect. He won his first 17 fights, including wins over James Tillis and Tim Witherspoon. In 1988, he stepped up and lost to future world champion James "Buster" Douglas, and he lost again for the NABF title against Alex García. In 1994, Mike Williams defeated Tommy Morrison, the WBO heavyweight champion. The fight was called Tommy Gunn vs Union Cane for real. After defending his title once against Michael Bentt, Williams lost his WBO title to Herbie Hide. He retired in 1994.

Acting Career

Williams also played background character in various other films, such as A Soldier's Story, Full Metal Jacket, Another 48 Hrs, Ali, Losing Isaiah, Soldier Boyz, The Boys Club, The Replacements, A Sense of Entitlement and The Brave One. He also appeared in some TV shows, such as Homicide: Life on the Street and The F.B.I. Files.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
29 fights 25 wins 3 losses
By knockout 20 3
By decision 5 0
No. Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Notes
Win 25-3 "Scary" Gary Butler TKO 3 (10) 1994/09/12
Loss 24-3 Herbie Hide KO 7 (12) 1994/03/19 Lost WBO Heavyweight title
Win 24-2 Michael Bentt RTD 4 (12) 1993/10/29 Retained WBO Heavyweight title
Win 23-2 Tommy Morrison SD 12 1993/08/05 Won WBO Heavyweight title
Win 22-2 Rick Hord TKO 2 (10) 1993/02/16
Loss 21-2 Alex García TKO 5 (12) 1993/01/01 For NABF heavyweight title
Win 21-1 Jimmy "Million Dollar" Bills TKO 9 (10) 1992/12/16
Win 20-1 Elvin Evans KO 6 (8) 1992/11/03
Win 19-1 Juan Ramon Perez TKO 5 (6) 1992/02/25
Win 18-1 Russell Rierson KO 2 (6) 1991/11/19
Loss 17-1 James "Buster" Douglas TKO 7 (10) 1988/06/27
Win 17-0 Dorcey Gaymon TKO 2 (10) 1988/05/10
Win 16-0 Art Terry UD 10 1988/02/03
Win 15-0 Leon Dixon TKO 2 (10) 1988/01/06
Win 14-0 "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon SD 10 1987/10/14
Win 13-0 Rufus "Hurricane" Hadley UD 10 1987/05/22
Win 12-0 Ken Elliott TKO 3 (10) 1987/04/09
Win 11-0 Billy Joe Thomas TKO 7 (10) 1987/02/12
Win 10-0 "Quick" James Tillis TKO 8 (10) 1987/01/08
Win 9-0 Robert Obey KO 4 (6) 1986/12/14
Win 8-0 Tommy "Gun" Taylor TKO 5 (6) 1986/10/17
Win 7-0 Terry "Strong Arm" Armstrong PTS 6 1986/07/05
Win 6-0 John "Rebel" Barbier KO 2 (6) 1986/05/02
Win 5-0 Carl "Sailor" Dorsey TKO 3 (6) 1986/02/12
Win 4-0 Ronald "Ike" Turner RTD 3 (4) 1985/08/23
Win 3-0 Lorenzo Boyd KO 3 (6) 1985/03/18
Win 2-0 Guy Ramsey TKO 4 (4) 1985/01/08
Win 1-0 Walter Ed Morris KO 3 (4) 1984/09/13 Professional debut

Trivia

  • Named The Ring Magazine Prospect of the Year in 1986.
  • According to Bill Cayton, Williams once knocked down Mike Tyson in sparring.