Tuesday 28 February 2017
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Paul Williams likely to be paralysed after motorcycle accident, caps a tragic week for boxing

By Jordan Stoddart

Two-time welterweight champion Paul Williams (41(27)-2) has sadly been involved in a motorcycle accident, and it is becoming apparent that the Georgia born southpaw may be paralysed from the waist down. This follows on from this week’s sad news with the deaths of Thangthong Kiattaweesuk and Johnny Tapia.

Williams, who has won titles in two weight classes, was due to face Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez in September on a big pay-per-view card, although that is almost a sub-thought now as the American will is preparing for surgery to try and stabilise the healthy part of his spine.

Williams had been involved in a nasty motorcycle accident in Atlanta sometime on Sunday, but not a lot is known of his condition as of now. It is almost certain that he will be part paralysed, probably from the waist down, and as such the talented fighter will never box again.

‘The Punisher’ holds notable victories over current pound for pound boxer Sergio Martinez, Antonio Margarito and Winky Wright. Williams suffered a devastating KO loss to Martinez in their rematch, but of late he has been back on track, recording decent wins over Erislandy Lara and Nobuhiro Ishida, and the clash with Alvarez due for this fall would have catapulted the southpaw back onto the global scene.

Our hearts go out to Paul and his family during these times.

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