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Veteran boxer Paul “The Punisher” Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in Marietta, Georgia, on Sunday night, according to the Washington Post.
According to the report, doctors treating Williams will perform surgery Wednesday to fix what they can in his severed spine, but there is a chance that the star will never walk or box again.
Williams’ manager George Peterson told the Washington Post about the boxer’s condition and how he will not let this devastating injury keep him down:
From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He’s in very good spirits, though. He still believes he’s going to fight again…I know he’s going to make a statement after surgery on Wednesday, because he’s that kind of person. He’s 100 percent coherent and still has the will to want to get back on the motorcycle… We want his fans to know he’s going to be all right and he’ll be back. He said if he wasn’t going to be boxing, he’s going to be a stand-up comedian.
The 30-year-old former middleweight champion was just finding his range at a new weight class when this accident occurred. Williams was slated to face off with up-and-comer Canelo Alvarez on September 15th, but that will not be the case.
Williams is coherent and in good spirits, but will need support from fans worldwide as he approaches the road to recovery.
The Punisher already had built a stellar reputation as a tough fighter while building an impressive 41-2 record. His next fight against Alvarez would have been one of his toughest to date.
Williams’ promoter Dan Goossen told the Washington Post about cancelling upcoming fights and putting all the focus on recovery:
Right now, there’s no thinking about any fights right now except for the fight that’s facing Paul right now — to get movement back in his body and keep the movement that’s above his waist…I want to think along with him, ‘cause I’ve seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn’t have happened.
With so much damage done to Williams’ body, the doctors need to make sure they don’t allow the boxer to do too much too quickly.
As great as it is that the former champ is up and talking, his iron-will may be a detriment to his recovery if he hurts himself pushing too hard.
Boxers are notorious for fighting through pain and trying to overcome adversity on their own, but this is not a game. Williams needs to take this as serious as his he did his illustrious career.
There is no way to know if Williams will ever fight or even walk again, but you can be certain that the tough brawler won’t be beaten by his most daunting opponent yet.
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