Boxer Paul Williams, also known as “The Punisher”, who encountered a motorcycle accident near Atlanta on Sunday, has been paralyzed from the waist down, says his manager, George Peterson. The hospital spokesman revealed that Paul Williams’ injuries were fatal and it was unlikely that the former world middleweight boxing champion would continue his career.
"From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He's in very good spirits, though," Peterson told The Associated Press from his home in Aiken, S.C. "He still believes he's going to fight again." Williams' manager told the media that Williams would be undergoing surgery on Wednesday. Williams condition at the moment is stable, but he has been listed as serious at an undisclosed hospital.
Talking about the accident, George Peterson said that the crash happened on Sunday morning in Marietta after Paul Williams tried to avoid another car that was trying to take a curve. As he was unable to control his bike, the motorcycle went up an embankment and he was thrown from the bike, severing his spinal cord after falling on his back and head.
His manager is optimistic about the results of Wednesday’s surgery. He added that Paul Williams is a self-motivator and a person of strong will power. In the past too, Williams faced many setbacks, but due to sheer will power, he managed to achieve favorable outcomes.
"I know he's going to make a statement after surgery on Wednesday, because he's that kind of person," Peterson said. "He's 100 percent coherent and still has the will to want to get back on the motorcycle."
The former world middleweight boxing champion was scheduled to fight Mexican super-welterweight champion Saul Canelo on September 15th in Las Vegas. However, his manager said that the event has been canceled for the time being. Paul will also be missing his brother’s wedding, which is scheduled on Sunday.
Peterson has asked his fans to pray for the success of Williams surgery on Wednesday. "We want his fans to know he's going to be all right and he'll be back," Peterson said. "He said if he wasn't going to be boxing, he's going to be a stand-up comedian."
30-year-old Paul Williams will be among the youngest boxing players to quit his boxing passion and career if he fails to recover from his paralysis.