Paul ‘Punisher’ Williams, two-time welterweight champion, and once considered the most feared man in the welterweight division, was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident on Sunday in Marietta, Georgia a suburb of Atlanta. Doctors said Williams will unlikely be able to continue his career or walk again, due to the severity of the spinal injury, but despite the negative news, Williams always the fighter, hasn’t lost hope and told his trainer George Peterson that he will fight again.
The crash happened in Marietta on a Sunday morning, Williams tried to avoid another automobile in the lane next to him, as Williams was maneuvering away from the car, he had to quickly avoid an oncoming vehicle and swerved, lost control, and flew about 65 feet in the air landing on his back severing his spinal cord, Williams was wearing a helmet and conscious through the entire event.
Williams, 30, a 6 foot 2 lanky boxer was known for his high work rate and exciting offensive style boxing, for a period of time he had trouble landing big fights, having chased the big names in the welterweight division from Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather Jr., he was unable to land a big money fight. Williams biggest victory came in 2007 when he defeated the feared Mexican brawler Antonio Margarito by hard-fought unanimous decision pulling off the upset and winning the WBO belt, he suffered a devastating one punch KO when he went up to middleweight to fight champion Sergio Martinez in a rematch, since that devastating loss, he was slowly rebuilding his career and finally landed the big fight he and his trainer George Peterson have been waiting for when they signed to fight Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a main event on a September Pay-Per-View in Las Vegas.
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