Williams After Beating Carlos Quintana To Win The WBO Welterweight Title In 2008

Boxer Paul Williams has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Atlanta, resulting in him being paralysed from the waist down.

Williams apparently swerved to avoid contact with a vehicle Sunday and lost control of his motorcycle.

The 30-year-old Williams, who was scheduled to fight Mexican star and super-welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has no feeling below his waist and will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

His manager George Peterson told The Associated Press:

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.

The question was posed to Peterson regarding the continuation of Williams’ career and the possibility of ever fighting again to which he responded:

Our thoughts aren’t there right now. He’s undergoing this procedure, and we’re hoping he can get back on his feet after that. That’s all we’re hoping for.

Williams(41-2 27 KOs’)won his first major welterweight title in July 2007 with a decision over Antonio Margarito. He struggled to land fights with the sport’s biggest stars because of his pronounced size advantages and high-volume punching rate.

This news comes on the back of the announcement on Sunday that five-time world champion Johnny “La Vida Loca” Tapia died age 45.