Paul Williams grateful for support

Former two-time welterweight titlist Paul Williams remains in an Atlanta-area hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident on May 27, which ended his career and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

On Monday, Williams made a statement through publicist Rachel Charles thanking the public for the overwhelming support he has received since the accident.

"I feel the love and support from everyone and it's overwhelming," Williams said. "I am very thankful to all of my fans and friends who have rallied around me in a time when I need them the most."

According to George Peterson, Williams' trainer, manager and father figure, doctors have told Williams, 30, that he is unlikely to walk again. On Friday, Williams had a 6½-hour operation to stablize the portion of spinal cord that was not severely damaged in the accident.

Just days before the incident, Williams had signed to challenge junior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 15 in a pay-per-view headliner from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.