Boxer Paul Williams paralyzed after motorcycle accident

First Johnny Tapia was found dead, now more sad boxing news from the weekend.

Paul Williams, who was set to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas, was paralyzed Sunday after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta. Williams’ manager says that Williams is paralyzed from the waist down and he has absolutely no movement. Despite all of that, Williams is in good spirits and is determined to fight again.

Williams, 30, severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga., [manager George] Peterson said. Williams has been listed in serious but stable condition on Monday at an undisclosed hospital, Peterson said.

The crash happened Sunday morning in Marietta after Williams tried to avoid another car in the next lane that was negotiating a curve and then had to maneuver to avoid an oncoming car. Williams was in the area to attend his brother’s wedding Sunday afternoon, Peterson said.

“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.”

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  1. This is absolutely heart-breaking. Our prayers go out to Paul and his family during this difficult time.

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