Paul Williams Looks Very Good Against Winky Wright

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIApril 13, 2009

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 11:  Paul Williams gestures as he is introduced before his middleweight bout against Winky Wright  at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Williams won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Winky Wright once was a great fighter.

He belongs in the same class as Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr., and Sugar Shane Mosley. In his day, he was a very smart and cagey fighter who looked for his opportunities and had excellent defense.

On Saturday night, Paul Williams officially ushered in the changing of the guard.

Williams dominated the fight from the opening bell to the closing credits. Wright perhaps won two rounds (and that's being generous).

Paul Williams proved why he's the most feared fighter in boxing.

He's lanky with especially long arms, excellent footwork, great head movement, and very good power. However, it's his stamina that is his most treasured asset.

He just never stops throwing.

He completely dominated Wright from the outset and kept a glove in his face all night long. Wright didn't look bad, he just looked completely over-matched.

Some people say that Williams is the second coming of Tommy Hearns.

I disagree.

Hearns had a at right that could end a fight with one punch. Williams is more of a "pitty-pat" fighter who has more stamina than Ron Jeremy on Viagra.

I don't know who is out there that could give Williams a fight right now? Those long arms of his will give a shorter fighter a lot of trouble. Someone like Kelly Pavlik is tailor-made for Williams.

I'd say Antonio Margarito, but Williams knocked him out 18 months ago.

The amazing thing is that Williams isn't getting more recognition. He really is one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world and he should be getting huge paydays.

It's amazing that, at 6'1", Williams can make welterweight (147 lbs). What's even more amazing is that nobody in the division wants a piece of him. Mayweather, Hatton, Pacquiao—nobody will give him a fight.

It will be a shame if Williams must continually move up in weight to get a fight but that looks to be the case.