May 29, 2012 in Sports

Motorcycle accident paralyzes boxer Williams

Associated Press
 

ATLANTA – Boxer Paul Williams was paralyzed 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 said Monday.

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

Williams, 30, 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. Williams was listed in serious but stable condition on Monday at an undisclosed hospital, Peterson said.

The crash happened Sunday morning in Marietta after Williams tried to avoid another 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.

Williams was scheduled to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, but it has been canceled, Peterson said.

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.

Williams won his first major welterweight title in July 2007 with a decision over Antonio Margarito and was considered one of the world’s top pound-for-pound stars.

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