Paul Williams: The Most Avoided Fighter in the Welterweight Divison

Jarred PowellCorrespondent IMay 18, 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)

Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Paul—Paul Williams to be exact. 

My nickname is "The Punisher."

I have been solid from 147 pounds to 160 pounds.

No one wants to fight me though. Can you help me please?

Aiken, South Carolina native Williams has been on the boxing scene since he beat Antonio Margarito for the WBO welterweight title.

Williams stands 6'2" and has the wingspan of a heavyweight. He served notice to everyone in the lower weight classes when he beat Margarito, beating him at his own game with his punch output and power. This is also the same thing that scares off his potential opponents.

In the sport of boxing, style points go a long way. Williams hasn't always looked good while doing his job and thus has has fallen under the radar.

He just can't get a big named fighter to fight him at boxing's most prized weight class at the present time.

To say it better, he's a modern day Tommy Hearns.

Hearns had his share of fights at 147 including a thriller with Sugar Ray Leonard. People were in awe of his physical attributes, yet fought him anyway. Williams is a less punishing and complete fighter then Hearns yet no one wants to fight him.

Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather both avoid him.

I guess they have at least one thing in common. Mayweather says he isn't a big name fighter so he won't fight him yet. 

Cotto is just ducking him.

Margarito turned him down for a second fight.

Where's the heart at in the welterweight division?

Sadly, Williams is forced to venture out at other weights in order to get action which sets him back.

He is the cream of the crop at 147.

He's the top 154 pounder in the world.

Williams also holds his own at 160 as well, but he isnt as dominant.

Will the real welterweights please stand up and give this fighter a chance.