14 Aug

Motorcycle Wreck Leaves Champion Fighter Paralyzed

Posted by on August 14, 2012

The world of boxing has been fairly shaken up recently with the news that 2-time WBO Welterweight Champion boxer Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident, which has left him paralyzed below the waist.

Williams was known not only for being a Welterweight Champion, but also for being an interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion. The accident, which occurred early on Sunday morning, left the champion fighter with no course of action other than a potential surgery, which will be undertaken on Wednesday.

30-year-old Williams was scheduled to fight on September 15 against the Mexican Super-Welterweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The incident happened while Williams was travelling through Atlanta to get to his brother’s wedding, and occurred when he was forced to perform emergency maneuvers to avoid a car that turned across his traffic lane, and then avoiding a car in the oncoming lane. Williams was thrown from the bike, and landed directly on his head and back, which severed his spinal cord.

There have been no definitive results released about his condition as of yet, but medical experts do not find it at all likely that Williams will ever return to boxing. As Williams was not conscious at the time of this article, it was also unknown if Williams is aware of his being paralyzed.

The surgery on Wednesday will be to go in and put a protective wall around the upper portion of Williams’ spinal cord, in order to reinforce it and prevent any further damage.

Williams, who was a relative unknown when he outscored bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen and K.O.’ed Alfonso Sanchez in 5 rounds, is currently facing his hardest battle yet.

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