Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Paul “the Punisher” Williams’ Car Accident, another Tragedy for Boxing Industry after Johnny Tapia’s Death

Just a day after Johnny Tapia’s death, another tragedy has befallen the boxing industry. Paul “the Punisher” Williams was reportedly involved in a devastating motorcycle accident.

According to reports, the former WBO welterweight champion Williams was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident on May 28 at Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta.

Marietta police initially revealed that Williams was traveling in his modified sport motorcycle at a high rate of speed for conditioning when he struck an embankment. However, succeeding reports said that according to William’s manager, George Peterson, the boxer tried to avoid a possible collision with another vehicle but he ended up getting thrown out from his big bike.

Witnesses said that Williams landed on his back and head upon being thrown from his motorcycle and he was said to be currently unable to move his lower limbs.

Last Wednesday, Williams underwent a surgery to protect the upper half of his spine. Nevertheless, it is more likely that that boxer will be paralyzed from his waist down with the  severe injuries he sustained from the accident.

Supposedly, the 30-year-old boxer was scheduled to fight Saul Alvarez on September 15, but the event has been cancelled due to the said incident.

At present, it is not yet certain whether Williams could fight again. In an interview, Williams’ manager said that he and his team are not yet thinking about that matter. For the time being, their main focus remains on the medical procedures that the boxer is going through, and they are hoping that Williams could get back on his feet soon after.

Williams was once considered as one of the top ten best pound-for-pound fighters in the world with wins over several well-respected fighters. Therefore, a Los Angeles motorcycle attorney here is in deep regret since he has been a witness on how a great fighter Williams was during his entire career. Hopefully, the said accident would not put an early end to Williams’ promising career on the ring.