Former Middleweight World Champion, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41W-2L-27KO) recently gave his first televised interview since May 2012, where a motorcycle accident left the feared fighter paralyzed him from the waist down. Williams who was originally scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez on Sept 15th, showed up at the Alverez vs Lopez broadcast for a special one-on-one interview with Showtime Boxing’s Jim Gray.
The remarkably positive Williams has faith that he will not only walk again, but fight again. Williams explained that the paralysis was caused by bruising of his spinal cord and is clear to point out that the spinal cord was not severed which would most certainly cause permanent damage or paralysis.
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For Williams, he insists that a positive attitude, faith and focus will get him back op top.
Showtime press release:
In the session taped on Friday at MGM Grand, an optimistic Williams spoke in-depth about the accident, his ongoing recovery and his goals for the future.
“My game ain’t over,” said Williams in the interview. “Whether I am walking or not walking, my game ain’t over until the Lord takes my life.”
After the interview, Gray said, “It was amazing how someone who suffered such a life-changing event was so positive and so upbeat. This interview convinced me that Paul Williams’ greatness is in his future.”
Written by Ed Anderson