Paul Williams was considered by many to be one of the very best fighters in the world. Maybe the best. He had beaten most big-time fighters in his division and beaten them all, including Antonio Margarito at a time that many thought the Mexican was using loaded gloves.
He was a tall, hard-hitting southpaw and he had a style that scared fighters, managers and promoters alike. And now he was finally starting to make a little money. His rematch with Sergio Martinez was one that every serious boxing fan had been looking forward to for months.
Martinez was obviously looking forward to the fight as well. He knew from the first fight that Williams had a tendency to leave himself open after throwing big punches and he just waited for the Paul to make a mistake. When he did, Martinez leveled the South Carolina fighter.
It took several minutes for Williams to come to and many experts doubt he will ever be the same.