Boxing: paul williams

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."

Promoter Goossen says Paul Williams isn't done

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Dan Goossen is in New York today, talking up the Saturday Super Six finale in AC, which pits his guy Andre Ward against Brit Carl Froch. He touched on a few other subjects, including his middleweight, Paul Williams, who many pundits are speculating is at the end of the line.

Williams last fought in July, and was given a gift decision against Cuban Erislandy Lara, in the minds of many who were present in AC. Goossen told NYFightBlog that anyone presuming the 30-year-old Williams is done is wrong. He said that many assumed Juan Manuel Marquez was done, and look how he looked against Manny Pacquiao. "Paul is not washed up," the promoter said. He said Williams threw a lot against Lara but simply didn't adjust to Lara's right-hand bombs. Boxrec has Williams fighting Nobuhiro Ishida on Jan. 21, but Goossen said the foe isn't cemented. Readers, do you think Long Tall Paul has peaked? Can he be a force again, or has he exceeded his mileage limit?

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