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Paul Williams Paralyzed in Crash: Remains Optimistic About Boxing Career

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams exchange punches during their Middleweight Championship fight on November 20, 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 28, 2012

Earlier today, tragic news broke that former boxing world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams got into a motorcycle accident and is now in the hospital being treated.

According to Dan Rafael of, Williams was in the Atlanta area to attend his brother's wedding. He got into an accident when he tried to avoid a car in the next lane and from there avoid an oncoming car. He was thrown from his motorcycle and severed his spinal cord.

At the time of the accident, he was paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors told him that he may never walk again and his career as a boxer is most likely done. Williams was scheduled to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for his 154 WBC title on September 17 on pay-per-view.

George Peterson, Williams' manager, told ESPN that Williams is well aware of his situation. At the current time, he knows that from the waist down he has no movement, but remains optimistic. He's in high spirits and believes that he has a chance to fight again in the future.

Peterson also said that Williams will probably make a statement, after his surgery, on Wednesday. 

His optimism is good because this is a devastating life change for him. I pray and hope that everything works out for him and that maybe in the future with a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, he'll be able to walk again.

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