According to a report from USA Today, boxer Paul Williams is sliding himself in and out of bed after suffering a spinal cord injury May 27.
Williams, the three-time world champion boxer from Aiken, was paralyzed below his chest when he was thrown more than 100 feet from his motorcycle after losing control on a curve.
Williams was diagnosed with a thoracic level (T 10-11) spinal cord injury. He was admitted to Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Program for care and observation, where doctors have determined an appropriate treatment plan. Williams was undergoing rehabilitation this morning and was unable to attend a press conference, where doctors updated his progress.
In a previous article in The Augusta Chronicle, Williams said he’s approaching his new obstacle like a title shot with the ultimate goal of proving to the experts he will walk again.
“It’s like we’re training for a fight,” said George Peterson, Williams’ trainer since he turned professional 14 years ago. “Like Paul has been so many times before, he likes proving people wrong. And he’s been doubted so many times and proven people wrong so many times, he made a believer out of me. And if he says he’s going to fight again, I can’t do anything but believe him.”