Boxer Paul Williams Paralyzed From the Waist Down After Motorcycle Crash
According to the Associated Press, boxer Paul Williams is now paralyzed from the waist down after...
Williams driving around in the Atlanta suburbs where his motorcycle crashed. Williams severed his spinal cord after he fell on his back and head from the crash.
Williams was trying to avoid a car but then went into the next lane hitting another car passing by. Williams was there to attend his brother's wedding.
This basically puts Williams' boxing career to end, according to his trainer George Peterson.
"From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He's in very good spirits, though," Peterson said.
Williams is currently in serious, but stable condition in the 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 September 15. The fight was supposed to happen in Las Vegas, but it has now been cancelled. Peterson hopes that Williams can continue on his career.
"I want to think along with him, 'cause I've seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn't have happened," he said.
Williams was one of the last great boxers out there; helping to keep the game alive and relevant with the UFC taking over. Williams was a special player. The 6-2, 30-year-old out of Georgia was 41-2 in his career. He last played in February in a victory over Nobuhiro Ishida.
My prayers go out to Williams and I hope he gets a speedy recovery.
Williams currently remains in good spirits.
"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."
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