The Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez publicly expressed sadness for former two-time WBO welterweight king Paul “The Punisher” Williams who severed his spinal cord and was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga.
“Upon learning of Paul’s injuries, I was deeply saddened,” said Martinez, 37, who is actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes. “When you are in the ring with a real champion, you know it, and Paul Williams was a very great champion, in every sense of the word. Paul and his family are in my thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.”
Williams (41-2, 27 KOs), who has trumped world champs such as Winky Wright, Martínez,Kermit Cintron, Carlos Quintana and Antonio Margarito, was listed Tuesday in serious but stable condition at an undisclosed hospital.