Re: Cleveland Williams vs. Turkey Thompson
I'm not all that familiar with Thompson, but it looks to me as if he was the type of guy who did fine against lesser fighters, but for the most part, lost when he stepped it up to the contender level.
His biggest wins, it seems, are over an old Arturo Godoy, and a KO over Elmer Ray, who wasn't known for the greatest chin. He drew with Abe Simon, who was one of Joe Louis' "bum of the month" opponents.
All in all not a record which seems to indicate that he would at all be competitive with "The Big Cat," who faced some of the best in the late 50s and early 60s, and did beat a few of them. That said, I would certainly remain open to more information on Thompson which might indicate otherwise.