Boxer Paul Williams paralyzed from the waist down after car crash
Former two-time welterweight champion boxer Paul Williams is paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in Atlanta.
Williams’ trainer George Peterson said that Williams will not walk again.
“They’re saying he won’t walk again or box again,” said Peterson. “Paul is in denial right now. It’s been that way with him. You tell him he can’t or won’t do something, and he wants to prove you different. So whatever the doctors say, he’s not listening. But they say that (walking and boxing) is not going to happen.”
Williams had recently agreed to fight rising star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 17 in a pay per view broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Here’s how the accident happened, according to ESPN.com.
Williams, who was wearing his helmet, rode out of his lane to avoid a car that was moving into his lane, but that another car was coming toward him in the other direction. Peterson said Williams swerved to avoid the oncoming car, wound up riding up a steep embankment and lost control of the motorcycle before flying several feet in the air and landing on his back on the road. Peterson said one of the drivers of the other cars called 911.
Peterson said that despite the horrible accident, Williams is in good spirits.
“He’s telling jokes and saying if he doesn’t box again, he’ll do stand-up comedy. He’s in good spirits but he is also in denial,” Peterson said. “But he’s coherent. I had an excellent conversation with him. When I walked in the door (on Sunday) about 5:30 in the afternoon, he said he’d be ready to go back to camp on Monday. I guess I’m in denial, too, because I have seen him overcome so much adversity before and come back. We’ll pray about the situation.”