Boxer Paul 'Punisher' Williams paralyzed in crash

Aiken boxer injured in motorcycle wreck

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ATLANTA — Boxer Paul “Punisher” Williams was paralyzed from the waist down Sunday after being involved in a motorcycle crash in the Atlanta suburbs, and doctors said it is unlikely he will continue his career, his manager George Peterson said on Monday.

Paul Williams, an Aiken native and former WBO world champion, was in serious condition Monday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Paul Williams, an Aiken native and former WBO world champion, was in serious condition Monday.

“From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He’s in very good spirits, though,” Peterson told The Associated Press from his home in Aiken. “He still believes he’s going to fight again.”

Williams severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga., Peterson said. The Aiken native was in serious condition Monday at an undisclosed hospital.

“I know he’s going to make a statement after surgery on Wednesday, because he’s that kind of person,” Peterson said. “He’s 100 percent coherent and still has the
will to want to get back on the motorcycle.”

Williams was scheduled to fight Saul Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, but that event has been canceled, Peterson said.

He said he continues to hope with Williams that the boxer’s career isn’t over.

“I want to think along with him, because I’ve seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn’t have happened,” he said.

The crash happened Sunday morning in Marietta after Williams tried to avoid a car in the next lane that was negotiating a curve and then had to maneuver to avoid an oncoming car.

Williams was in the area to attend his brother’s wedding Sunday afternoon, Peterson said.

“We want his fans to know he’s going to be all right and he’ll be back,” Peterson said. “He said if he wasn’t going to be boxing, he’s going to be a stand-up comedian.”

Williams has a career record of 41-2, with 27 knockouts. He has been a two-time WBO welterweight champion and has held the WBO light middleweight title.

Williams is among the most versatile and unusual athletes in boxing, making him a highly undesirable opponent for the world’s best fighters during his lengthy, successful career. He has competed effectively in an impressive three weight classes against much shorter foes, even comfortably making the 147-pound welterweight limit despite his lanky 6-foot-2 frame.

Williams won his first major welterweight title in July 2007 with a decision over Antonio Margarito. He struggled to land fights with the sport’s biggest stars because of his pronounced size advantages, a high-volume punching rate and his relative anonymity, but was considered one of the world’s top pound-for-pound stars.

He earned victories over Carlos Quintana, Winky Wright, Sergio Martinez and Kermit Cintron, but Martinez abruptly stopped Williams’ rise in November 2010 with a second-round victory in their rematch. Williams ended up face-down on the canvas with his eyes wide open in perhaps the most spectacular knockout in recent boxing history.

Williams was unimpressive in his next two fights, but his bout with Alvarez at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden was his return to the big time – and a chance to win Alvarez’s WBC 154-pound belt.

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JohnBrownAug 05/28/12 - 04:55 pm
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What a crying shame. He is a

What a crying shame. He is a heck of a nice guy.

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curly123053 05/28/12 - 05:17 pm
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My prayers are with Paul

My prayers are with Paul Williams. I hate to see this happen to such a young promising guy as him. Good luck to him.

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Iwannakno 05/28/12 - 06:32 pm
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He is a great guy...I hope he
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He is a great guy...I hope he recovers and walks again.

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userone 05/28/12 - 07:20 pm
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Praying for the champ.

Sad to hear about this and I hope he is able to walk again.

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owensjef3 05/28/12 - 08:14 pm
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Sad news, I hope Paul gets
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Sad news, I hope Paul gets well.

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my.voice 05/29/12 - 08:01 am
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This is a shame. Motorcycles

This is a shame. Motorcycles are dangerous, not because of themselves, but because the automobile drivers don't "respect" them, not in a disrespectful way, but in a "I don't see you" way. The problem with a motorcycle is when things go wrong, they go very wrong.

This is a tragic thing for this young man. I had a friend of mine do the same thing at 24, except he was a paralyzed from the neck down. Its heartbreaking.

May his friends and family gather around this young man and help him to the next stage of his life. HE can be (and is) a positive role model for our young men.

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Iwannakno 05/29/12 - 12:37 pm
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I would add most of the time
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I would add most of the time they don't see them because of a cell phone.

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