American professional boxer and two-time WBO Welterweight Champion as well as interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion Paul Williams was severely injured Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Georgia.
The accident has left him paralyzed from the waist down, ultimately ending his boxing career. The accident occurred as Paul Williams was preparing for his pay-per-view main event fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 15th.
Paul Williams is already plotting what to do next. His close friend and long-time trainer, George Peterson, said that Williams is not able to move anything below his waist and the diagnosis is looking as though he will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
The good news, however; is that Williams has not lost his sense of humor throughout this ordeal. Peterson commented, “We want his fans to know he’s going to be all right, and he’ll be back, he said if he wasn’t going to be boxing, he’s going to be a stand-up comedian.”
The positive attitude Williams is said to have will most certainly aid in his rehabilitation.
“George was very firm when he said that Paul wouldn’t walk again,” Promoter Dan Goossen commented. “I haven’t spoken to the doctors yet, but I know Paul Williams and I know the kind of fight and willpower and mental capacity he possesses. If he puts his mind to it, he can overcome the largest obstacles and odds against him. That’s not a medical opinion; it’s my personal opinion from knowing him as long as I have and seeing the kind of person he is.”
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