Just terrible. He was great for boxing. Always came to every fight in top shape, threw a lot of punches, was very game, and gave fans their money's worth. I was looking forward to his scheduled bout with Alvarez.
Motorcycles and boxers are a bad mix. See also Diego Corrales.
WRDW-TV in Atlanta is reporting that former welterweight and jr middleweight world champion Paul Williams was involved in a tragic Sunday morning motorcycle crash near Atlanta that has likely left him paralyzed from the waist down. According to an AP story, Williams’ spinal cord was severed after he was thrown from his bike and he landed on his back and head.
Paul is said to be conscious and alert in an Atlanta hospital and manager George Peterson told WRDW-TV that surgery is scheduled for Wednesday to help stabilize the healthy upper half of his spine by putting a protective wall around it.
It was just confirmed last week that Williams would challenge WBC super welterweight world champion Saul ¨Canelo¨ Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
That is terrible news. First Tapia now him.
Terrible news. My heart goes out to him.
Horrible. I was looking forward to seeing how Alvarez would fare against Paul. It would have been a good fight.
I admire motorcycles from afar but I hate them for this very reason.
ditto, I hope he can recover fully from this.
beautiful bikes with a sidecar or tryck, much safer!
Wow! Motocycles are a bad idea.
Terrible news. Going from world champion to being confined to a wheel chair. I can't imagine what is going though his head.
Bikes are dangerous only because of the idiot car drivers unaware of the consequences of their unsafe actions when around them.
Im a long time MC rider that misses it terribly. I rode moto x and had so called "rice burners" and have done some incredibly dangerous and stupid things over the years and have never been hurt. I gave it up once I had to support my family. The risks of frequent riding just became too great for me. If I were a teen/single young adult again Id get one in a second.
The scariest thing when riding was always cars, what would be a minor fender bender in a car could easily kill a MC rider. Always best to expect the car driver to do the wrong thing.
Last edited by jlupi; 05-29-2012 at 03:42 PM.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Boxer Paul Williams was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment, police said Tuesday.
Williams was paralyzed and has no movement from the waist down after Sunday's crash in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, his manager George Peterson said.
The 30-year-old athlete severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle, Peterson said.
Williams was driving at a high rate of speed which was too fast for conditions, Marietta police said in a statement Tuesday. Police say he could not negotiate a curve, and the bike slammed into the embankment.
Williams, a fighter known as "The Punisher,'' is from Aiken, S.C. He was in metro Atlanta to attend his brother's wedding.
He was scheduled to fight Saul "Canelo'' Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas but that event has been canceled, Peterson said.
Williams is among the most versatile and unusual athletes in boxing, making him a highly undesirable opponent for the world's best fighters during his lengthy, successful career. He has competed effectively in an impressive three weight classes against much shorter foes, even comfortably making the 147-pound welterweight limit despite his lanky 6-foot-2 frame.
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I hate to make this about motorcycles but I just think it's silly how much effort goes into making the driving cars safe these days with more laws and safety features each year - meanwhile motorbikes of all types are out there free to roam as dangerous as ever.
Why restrict one thing so much and say fuck it to the rest when you share the same roads?
Might as well put a turbo engine on a Segway and let those things out on the highways.
The sad part is what ever money he has made will soon be gone due to health care cost.
My anecdotal experience tells me that there are as many bad drivers as there are riders.
Still, operating the smaller machine with faster manoeuvring and instant location change, the rider is more likely to fall into a driver's blind spot (conversely the rider has better "vision" also) or position that cannot be anticipated. As such, more onus is on the rider to avoid same, . Let's face it, for a good number of riders, the very increase in risk, the better adrenalin pump - weaving in and out of lanes, riding too close etc. etc - many riders speak fondly of the sheer riding experience - not so many speak as fondly of the sheer driving experience.
More likely for a driver to get in his/her car for a simple, no thrills trip from A to B. At least I do anyway. However, the use of a cell phone was mentioned in an earlier report I think. Massive fines and penalties should be imposed on such drivers and maybe car manufactures can investigate devices that block reception (effective use of cell phones) upon ignition.
However, as Dig said, don't want to make this necessarily about motorcycles. If any purpose is served by examination of the whys and wherefores, it would be for future education and prevention. However this came about, it now is what it is and it is a terrible result for this fellow any which way