The boxing world suffered a tragic blow today. Paul “The Punisher” Williams is likely paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a horrific motorcycle accident Sunday morning in Atlanta, according to WRDW News 12 in Augusta.
UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. ET
The latest news is not good for Williams.
According to Ringside Magazine, he may never walk again:
Lem: Williams' manager: Williams is in an excellent frame of mind, but has been told he will never walk again #boxing— Michael, Doug or Lem (@ringmagazine) May 28, 2012
News 12 was told by Williams’ manager, George Peterson, that he’s still in the hospital. He will have surgery on Wednesday to steady the upper half of his spine, which is perfectly healthy.
The 30-year-old Augusta, Ga, native was scheduled to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a PPV event on HBO Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. Instead, he is facing a far more serious battle—one he is certainly not accustomed to fighting.
The former two-division world champion southpaw is a knockout artist, KO’ing 27 opponents. His overall record stands at 41-2.
He spent over two years in SI.com’s pound-for-pound top 10, has two welterweight titles and was the former interim junior middleweight titlist.
The big highlights of his career have been wins over Sergio Martinez, Winky Wright and Antonio Margarito.
It’s been a tragic weekend for the world of boxing. Today’s news comes just one day after Johnny Tapia was discovered dead in his home at the age of 45, as reported by CNN.
While information is still coming out, it sounds like the boxing career of Williams has come to an end. It’s a tragic reminder that regardless of how great of an athlete you may be, nobody is 100 percent safe on a motor bike.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Williams and his family.