Monday, 28 April 2014


                          BLACK                  SOCIAL                  HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                 Paul Williams (born July 27, 1981) is a retired American former professional boxer and two-time WBO Welterweight Champion as well as interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion.
With a height of 6'2, Williams was unusually tall for the three divisions he campaigned in: WelterweightLight Middleweight and Middleweight. He has notable victories over world champions such as Winky WrightKermit CintronCarlos QuintanaSharmba MitchellSergio Martínez and Antonio Margarito. A motorcycle accident on May 27, 2012, paralyzed him from the waist down,[1][2]ending his boxing career.

Professional career

Early years at welterweight

His debut was in the year 2000. He is promoted by the Goossens. In 2005 he outpointed former Olympic bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen and, later that year, he knocked out Alfonso Sanchez in 5 rounds. His ESPN debut was a second round knockout of Sergio Rios on Wednesday Night Fights. Williams made his HBO debut against then-undefeated Walter Matthysse, winning by a tenth round technical knockout.[Video 1] That was followed by a victory over former junior welterweight world champion Sharmba Mitchell. He knocked Mitchell down three times en route to a fourth round TKO.

WBO Welterweight Championship

Williams became the mandatory challenger for WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito. The match took place July 14, 2007, in Carson, California, at the Home Depot Center with Williams winning a unanimous decision in a close fight in which turned out to be a close fight where Williams' seemingly stronger finish seemed to seal him the decision victory in the eyes of boxing experts and fans alike. Williams fought Carlos Quintana on February 9, 2008 in his first defense of his title. Williams lost to Quintana by decision in what many considered a minor upset.
Williams and Quintana had a rematch at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on June 7, 2008 for the WBO Welterweight title, at Williams' request. Williams got off to a quick start when a left hand sent Quintana into a daze as several follow-up barrages put Quintana down. He got up, but Williams opened up with dozens of unanswered punches as the referee jumped in to stop the fight while Quintana was going down again.[3]
Williams was rumored to be moving up two weight classes to fight Kelly Pavlik for the WBC Middleweight title but instead Pavlik himself decided to move up two weight classes himself to fight Bernard Hopkins. Williams fought Andy Kolle on September 25. Williams dominated the fight from the start and recorded a first round knockout in 1:37 seconds.

Light Middleweight

After failing to secure another meaningful contest at welterweight, Williams vacated his WBO welterweight title in order to fight Verno Phillips for the WBO Interim Light Middleweighttitle.
On November 29, 2008, Williams defeated Phillips by way of TKO after 8 rounds after the Doctor stopped the fight. In doing so he secured the WBO Interim Light Middleweight title.[4]


Winky Wright

Williams fought Winky Wright on April 11, 2009, in a 12-round middleweight bout featured on HBO.[5] Williams defeated Wright in a unanimous decision which was not close on the scorecards – two of the three judges gave Williams all but one round while the third scored all 12 rounds for Williams.
Williams was then preparing to fight Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik in a bout scheduled to take place on October 3, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[6] The bout was postponed when it was discovered Pavlik had a staph infection in his knuckle and had been rescheduled for December 5. However, the bout was called off for a second time six weeks prior to the fight because Pavlik's infection had not completely healed.[7]

Sergio Martínez

On December 5, 2009 Paul Williams fought Sergio Martínez in a war of a twelve round main event. In the first round Martinez was knocked down due to bad balance and a grazing left hand that landed just below the ear. In the final seconds of the 1st round though Martinez scored a knockdown of his own over Williams. The next two rounds were heavily in Martinez's favor as he hit Williams with barrages of counter punches. After Martinez was seemingly won the first 3 rounds, rounds 4-7 showed Williams coming back effectively landing hard lefts to the head of Martinez. In rounds 8-10 Martinez again confused Williams with using different varieties of punches, including straight lead lefts to the body followed by right hooks to the head and straight lefts to the face. The final 2 rounds showed much fatigue in Martinez and Williams but both warriors fought through to the end, although Williams seemed to win both of the last 2 rounds by being the far more active boxer (while the punching exchanges were very closely contested during those final 2 rounds as well), which would ultimately prove to be the difference and as a result of having far superior activity during those final 2 rounds, Williams won a close majority decision over Martinez. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 115-113 for Williams and 119-110 for Williams, thus making Williams emerge as the majority decision winner.

Kermit Cintron

After his close win over Sergio Martínez, Paul Williams moved on to face Puerto Rican prospect Kermit Cintrón. The two met on May 8, 2010 Live on Saturday Night HBO Boxing. In the fourth round, Kermit Cintron fell out of the ring unintentionally and was not allowed to continue fighting due to hitting the arena floor. Williams was ahead on two of the three judges' scorecards at the time of the stoppage and was declared the winner by split technical decision.[8] Cintron, who believed he should have been ahead on the scorecards, filed a complaint to have the ruling changed to a no-contest, claiming he was not given the five-minute recovery time allowed under California rules.[9]

Williams vs Martinez II[edit]

Williams before the Martínez fight in November 2010
A highly anticipated rematch with Sergio Martinez eventually materialized at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 20, 2010. Upon the Williams camp's insistence, the fight was contested at the catchweight limit of 158 pounds instead of the middleweight limit of 160, with Martinez's WBC Middleweight title on the line.[10] The fight was billed as a potential "fight-of-the-year," however the fight ended abruptly and dramatically when Sergio Martinez delivered a knockout blow with 2:02 left in the 2nd round. The punch was a short left cross that caught Williams right on the chin as he attempted to deliver a left-hand of his own. Williams' right hand was at his waist when the punch landed, rendering Paul Williams unconscious upon contact.

Erislandy Lara

On July 9, 2011, Paul Williams fought in a light middleweight contest in Atlantic City against former Cuban amateur sensation Erislandy Lara. Throughout the fight, Lara repeatedly hit Williams with hard left hands and appeared to have won the fight convincingly in the eyes of the HBO crew and those sitting at ringside.[11][12][13] However, the judges awarded Williams with a narrow majority decision, a highly controversial verdict that ultimately led to the suspension of the three judges by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. [14][15]

Motorcycle accident and paralysis

On May 27, 2012, Williams was severely injured when he crashed his motorcycle in Georgia. He swerved to avoid hitting a car while traveling at about 75 mph on the motorcycle and was launched 60 feet. Witnesses say he landed on his head and his body "folded like a suitcase."[Video 2] The accident left him with a part of his spinal cord severely bruised, paralyzing him from the waist down. Since it was bruised and not severed, it gives him a chance to regain sensation.[1][2] The doctors told Williams the swelling could go down in a year or two, potentially giving him a chance of walking again. The accident came as Williams was preparing for his PPV main event against Canelo Alvarez on September 15.[16]"I'm just chilling in a wheelchair because I got tired of walking," Williams said in an interview with Jim Gray on Showtime Championship Boxing on the day he was supposed to fight. "Whether I am walking or not walking, my game ain't over until the Lord takes my life."[17][Video 2]

Professional boxing record

41 Wins (27 knockouts, 13 decisions, 1 disqualification), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decision), 0 Draws[18]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win41-2Japan Nobuhiro IshidaUD122012-02-18United States American Bank CenterCorpus ChristiTexasWon vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title.
Win40-2Cuba Erislandy LaraMD122011-07-09United States Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew JerseyWBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Loss39-2Argentina Sergio MartínezKO2 (12), 1:102010-11-20United States Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew JerseyFor The Ring & WBC Middleweight titles.
Win39-1Puerto Rico Kermit CintrónTD4 (12)2010-05-08United States The Home Depot CenterCarsonCalifornia
Win38-1Argentina Sergio MartínezMD122009-12-05United States Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew Jersey
Win37-1United States Winky WrightUD122009-04-11United States Mandalay Bay Events CenterLas VegasNevada
Win36-1United States Verno PhillipsTKO8 (12), 3:002008-11-29United States Citizens Business Bank ArenaOntarioCaliforniaWon interim WBO Light Middleweight title.
Win35-1United States Andy KolleTKO1 (10), 1:372008-09-25United States Soboba CasinoSan JacintoCalifornia
Win34-1Puerto Rico Carlos QuintanaTKO1 (12), 2:152008-06-07United States Mohegan SunUncasvilleConnecticutWon WBO Welterweight title.
Loss33-1Puerto Rico Carlos QuintanaUD122008-02-09United States Pechanga Resort & CasinoTemeculaCaliforniaLost WBO Welterweight title.
Win33-0Mexico Antonio MargaritoUD122007-07-14United States The Home Depot CenterCarsonCaliforniaWon WBO Welterweight title.
Win32-0New Zealand Santos PakauTKO6 (10), 2:162006-11-04United States Mandalay Bay Events CenterLas VegasNevada
Win31-0United States Sharmba MitchellKO4 (12), 2:572006-08-19United States Reno Events CenterRenoNevadaRetained WBO NABO and WBC United States USNBC Welterweight titles.
Win30-0Argentina Walter Dario MatthysseTKO10 (12), 1:562006-05-27United States The Home Depot CenterCarsonCaliforniaWon vacant WBO NABO Welterweight title.
Win29-0Mexico Sergio RiosKO2 (10), 2:242006-04-12United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, LemooreCaliforniaWon WBC United States USNBC Welterweight title.
Win28-0Mexico Alfonso SanchezKO5 (10), 1:122005-12-02United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, LemooreCalifornia
Win27-0United States Marteze LoganUD82005-09-30United States Cache Creek Casino ResortBrooksCalifornia
Win26-0United States Terrance CauthenUD102005-04-22United States Chumash Casino, Santa YnezCalifornia
Win25-0United States Sammy SparkmanTKO4 (8)2004-11-11United States Hilton Towers HotelWashington D.C.Washington
Win24-0Mexico Javier Hector ValadezTKO1 (10), 1:082004-09-23United States HP PavilionSan JoseCalifornia
Win23-0Ecuador Luis HernandezUD102004-05-07United States Foxwoods Resort CasinoMashantucketConnecticut
Win22-0Mexico Rodolfo GomezTKO4 (10), 2:432004-02-06United States Desert Diamond Casino, TucsonArizona
Win21-0Mexico Arturo RodriguezKO1 (8)2003-11-07United States Desert Diamond Casino, TucsonArizona
Win20-0United States Benjie MarquezDQ3 (6)2003-08-26United States Sandia Casino, AlbuquerqueNew MexicoMarquez was disqualified for hitting after the bell.
Win19-0United States Earl JacksonTKO2 (6), 2:522003-01-03United States Thunderbird Wild West Casino, NormanOklahoma
Win18-0Kenya Joshua OnyangoUD62002-10-18United States HSBC ArenaBuffaloNew York
Win17-0Jamaica Gary GrantTKO2 (6)2002-07-27United States Jarrell's Gym, SavannahGeorgia
Win16-0Ghana Laatekwei HammondUD62002-04-05United States Alumni ArenaBuffaloNew York
Win15-0Puerto Rico Agustin SilvaUD42002-01-04United States American Airlines ArenaMiamiFlorida
Win14-0United States Mahan WashingtonTKO3 (6), 1:442001-12-07United States Fantasy Springs Resort CasinoIndioCalifornia
Win13-0United States Willie McDonaldTKO12001-09-29United States SavannahGeorgia
Win12-0United States Robert MuhammadTKO52001-08-25United States SavannahGeorgia
Win11-0Guyana Rhon RobertsTKO42001-07-03United States Six Flags Over GeorgiaAtlantaGeorgia
Win10-0Cuba Miguel AquilaTKO32001-03-31United States AugustaGeorgia
Win9-0United States Henry HawkinsTKO12001-01-27United States AugustaGeorgia
Win8-0Cuba Miguel AquilaTKO22000-12-14United States ColumbusGeorgia
Win7-0United States Rohan NantonTKO12000-12-09United States CharlotteNorth Carolina
Win6-0United States Eleser OrtegaTKO12000-10-28United States Jarrell's Gym, SavannahGeorgia
Win5-0United States James YoungTKO32000-10-19United States ColumbusGeorgia
Win4-0United States Adrian McNeilKO12000-09-30United States AugustaGeorgia
Win3-0United States Richard BurnsKO1 (4)2000-08-18United States SE Livestock Pavilion, OcalaFlorida
Win2-0United States Matt HillTKO12000-08-01United States Washington, D.C.
Win1-0United States Jeremy MickelsonPTS42000-07-21United States Greensboro Coliseum ComplexGreensboroNorth CarolinaProfessional Debut