Sunday, May 27, 2012, was an unfortunate day for left-handed boxer Paul Williams, as he was seriously injured in an Atlanta motorcycle accident. According to George Peterson, Williams’s trainer, Williams was traveling on his motorcycle around 8 a.m. when he swerved to avoid a wreck with a car.
Williams was headed to his brother’s house to get ready for a wedding. Unfortunately, he never made it there as he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Williams allegedly swerved to avoid an oncoming car that was merging into his lane, which is why he rode up an embankment. Because of this, he was ejected from his motorcycle, flew through the air, and landed on his back.
Sadly, the former two-time WBO welterweight champion had no feeling below his waist. Peterson told reporters that Williams was set to undergo surgery on Wednesday, but did not identify the hospital. The surgery will help to stabilize the upper half of the spine by placing a protective wall around it. This area of the spinal cord will allow Williams to use his arms, hands, head and torso.
Sadly, doctors have told Paul “The Punisher” Williams that he was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of this Atlanta motorcycle crash. Not only will Williams not be able to walk again but he won’t be able to box again as well.
Williams, 30, was scheduled to fight Mexico star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in mid-September and has a boxing record at 41-2, with 27 knockouts.
The Atlanta accident attorneys at Kalka & Baer would like to wish Paul Williams the best possible recovery following surgery and for extra strength to get through this difficult time.