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Friday, June 1, 2012
Canelo dedicates fight to Williams

By Dan Rafael

Junior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was supposed to defend his belt against Paul Williams on Sept. 15 on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But that was before Williams was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. Williams' career is over, and his doctors say won't walk again.

Alvarez will go on to fight somebody else on Sept. 15, but he said he has Williams in his thoughts and released a statement on Friday, the day Williams was scheduled to undergo spinal surgery.

"I am very upset about what happened to Paul," Alvarez said. "I know that an accident can happen to anyone, and right now the most important thing is for everyone to pray for his recovery. Paul Williams is a warrior who gives everything in the ring, but right now he is fighting the biggest fight of his life outside the ring. I extend my best wishes to him in his recovery and to his family as well.

"Paul will always be a champion, and I am going to dedicate my Sept. 15 fight to him and his family. God willing and health permitting, I want to invite him and his family to be ringside on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas."