When Paul Williams jumped onto his motorcycle on Sunday morning in Atlanta, life was good for the pro boxer. He was in the area to see his brother get married later on in the day. He was scheduled to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a pay-per-view main event in Las Vegas on September 15. And, after his last match in 2011 ended in controversy, things were starting to look up again for Williams. But, everything changed thanks to the ride he took on his bike.
Williams was involved in a serious accident in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta shortly after he jumped onto his motorcycle. As a result of it, he severed his spinal cord and is now paralyzed.
"From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement," his manager George Peterson said late yesterday. "He's in very good spirits, though. He still believes he's going to fight again…I want to think along with him, 'cause I've seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn't have happened."
At this point, him getting back into the ring one day sounds like a real longshot. His fight against Alvarez has already been cancelled and Williams is set to have surgery on his back on Wednesday. But, who knows? Hopefully he can overcome the odds. We wish him a speedy recovery.
[via Atlanta Journal Constitution]