A controversial TKO after just 93 seconds, the Tyson-Williams bout turned out to be the peak of Iron Mike's prime, as he unexpectedly lost the heavyweight belt to Buster Douglas in his very next fight. In truth, given the unjust early stoppage, Williams deserved a rematch with Tyson, but it never came to pass.
Offered is Carl Williams' fight-worn, red-and-white Pony trunks from that historic 1989 contest (prominently displaying "THE TRUTH" across the waistband), which he later bestowed with a black-marker "8" signature, "Carl 'The Truth' Williams / 1996." Williams' 1996 signed LOA reads, "I, Carl 'The Truth' Williams do hereby certify that the...white and red boxing trunks with the words Pony in red appearing on each leg I sold to boxing collector Howard Lapes on 12/25/96 are the exact same ones I wore in my championship fight against Mike Tyson in July of 1989."
Included as well is an unrelated, non-fight-worn Spartan robe embroidered with Williams' name and featuring a red-ink "8" signature from 1997—the year of his retirement. Williams died of cancer in 2013. Auction LOA from JSA.