Posted on Jun 26, 2012

In a tragic turn, professional welterweight boxer Paul Williams was injured several weeks ago in an Atlanta area motorcycle accident. Williams was reportedly thrown from his motorcycle on May 27th while riding in Marietta. He is said to have landed on his head and back, sustaining injuries that have currently rendered him paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors report that Williams is not expected to recover to an extent that he will likely return to the ring.

Williams was said to be coherent and stable the day after the accident, even optimistic, telling reporters that despite his doctors’ protestations, he fully expects to someday fight again. Williams, who is known for his versatile prowess, has fought in three different weight classes throughout his career. He was scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on September 15th against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, though that fight has now been cancelled.

Williams was said to have been forced over across a double-yellow line when a car moving in his direction merged into his lane unexpectedly. When another car approached from the opposite direction, Williams had to swerve off the road, where he ran up a steep embankment and lost control, landing on his back. He is currently said not to be in pain and to be joined by family and friends as he begins what will likely be a long recovery.