They just keep avoiding him.
And on Saturday night, Paul Williams showed us why.
Williams has all the talent to be a superstar in the fight game, but over the last few years he has had to jump from one weight class to another just to find people to fight him. Williams has been No. 1 on the most avoided fighter list since he beat the then untouchable Antonio Margarito in 2007.
Saturday night he fought Winky Wright who, for a few years, held the distinction of being avoided by everyone. There is a slight difference though. Winky was avoided because his style was difficult to fight, and sometimes boring, so he didn't draw big PPV revenue or publicity.
Paul "The Punisher" Williams is avoided because of what he does to you as a fighter. His constant barrage of punches, over 100 thrown per round, keeps his opponent from being able to put together anything of their own.
He has a wicked right hook which is rare for southpaws. The Punisher has an excellent jab, great technique, mobile and fluid footwork, not to mention a straight left hand that has helped land him 27 KOs in his now 37 career wins.
Winky took a chance fighting Williams, and his face showed the results. The thing is, Winky is such a great defensive fighter, it is very difficult to hit him in the head. Williams threw over 1,085 punches and even though he only landed 247, Winky's face showed the damage Williams can do.
Williams won 11 out of 12 rounds on my scorecard, and the ringside judges agreed giving him a 12 round unanimous decision with scores of 119-109, 119-109, and 120-108.
After the fight Winky said, "He was real tall and awkward with long arms. He threw a lot of punches and they were coming from so long of a distance, you can't really counter them. He's going to be tough for anybody to fight because he's so busy."
In the next two to three years Williams will be put in a position where other fighters won't be able to avoid him anymore. He will be considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world by all those who follow the sport.
Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham, and any other championship contending fighter would be smart to avoid the Punisher, but for all of us boxing fans, let's hope Williams gets his chance to showcase himself as the pound for pound best fighter in the world.
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