Argentina's Sergio Martinez has become a New York-area fan favorite, as he showed off his skills in NYC in his last bout (a TKO11 over Matthew Macklin on March 17) and before that campaigned in AC four of his prior five scraps. In two of those events he met Paul Williams, who was in a severe motorcyle accident in Georgia on Sunday, and is likely permanently paralyzed from the waist down as a result. Their first bout, in 2009, was a back-and-forth affair, and Williams exited an MD winner. They rematched two years later, and Martinez protected his middleweight crown via K02.
Martinez registered his thoughts upon learning of Williams' accident: "Upon learning of Paul's injuries, I was deeply saddened," said Martinez. "When you are in the ring with a real champion, you know it, and Paul Williams was a very great champion, in every sense of the word. Paul and his family are in my thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time."