Boxer paralyzed in motorcycle accident

Sergio Martinez (left) connects to the head of Paul Williams (right) during the first round of...

Sergio Martinez (left) connects to the head of Paul Williams (right) during the first round of their middleweight championship bout in Atlantic City, N.J. in November 2010. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters/Files)

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, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

Former two-time welterweight champion Paul Williams has been left paralyzed from the waist down after he was involved in a motorcycle accident Sunday in Atlanta.

Williams, who last week signed to challenge junior middleweight belt holder Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas Sept. 17, crashed Sunday morning before his brother's wedding. He swerved to avoid an oncoming car and lost control, eventually landing on his back in the road.

"They're saying he won't walk again or box again," George Peterson, Williams' trainer and manager, told ESPN.com. "Paul is in denial right now. It's been that way with him. You tell him he can't or won't do something, and he wants to prove you different. So whatever the doctors say, he's not listening. But they say that (walking and boxing) is not going to happen."

Peterson said Williams will have surgery Wednesday to stabilize the part of his spinal chord that is intact, which will allow him to move his upper body.

Williams (41-2, 27 KOs) out-pointed Antonio Margarito to win his first welterweight title in 2007. He lost the title in 2008 when he was upset by Carlos Quintana but took the belt back when he won the re-match four months later.


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