Boxing star Paul Williams is facing one of the biggest fights of his life after being involved in a motorcycle crash in the Atlanta suburbs that severed his spine. Doctors said it is unlikely he will continue his career.
According to ESPN, George Peterson, Williams' trainer, manager and father figure, said on Monday that Williams' doctors said he would never walk again and that his boxing career is over.
"They're saying he won't walk again or box again," said Peterson, who flew to Atlanta from Washington, D.C., where they were training for Williams' next fight, on Sunday. "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."
USA Today says, Williams severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga., Peterson said. Williams has been listed in serious but stable condition on Monday at an undisclosed hospital.
"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."
Williams was scheduled to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas but that event has been canceled, Peterson said.
He said he continues to hope with Williams that the boxer's career isn't over.
"I want to think along with him, 'cause I've seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn't have happened," he said.
He isn't the only one. On Twitter, fans send also send prayers and support to Williams, including ten-time World Champion boxing champ in six weight divisions, Oscar Dela Hoya.
Twitter message from Ten-Time World Champion boxer Oscar DeLa Hoya To boxer Paul Williams
"We want his fans to know he's going to be all right and he'll be back," Peterson said. "He said if he wasn't going to be boxing, he's going to be a stand-up comedian."
According to Marietta Police Department Public Information Officer Dave Baldwin, WJBF-TV reports, Williams was traveling eastbound on South Marietta Parkway in Marietta, Georgia at approximately 7:35 Sunday morning.
Williams was in the area to attend his brother's wedding Sunday afternoon, Peterson said.
Officers on the scene determined Williams was going too fast for conditions. He couldn't negotiate a turn, lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. According to the investigation, no other vehicles were involved. Charges could still be filed against Williams. The accident is still under investigation.