How Long Will The Champions Avoid Paul Williams?
Since dethroning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Antonio Margarito last July, undefeated Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs) has been falling out the other welterweight champions – Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Kermit Cintron – and has thus far had no luck in getting any of them in the ring with him, even though he’s considered to be the best in the class by many fans of the sport. You’d think that of the three, Mayweather, the Pound-for-pound best fighter in boxing, would want to mix it up wkith Williams, but he never mentions his name in interviews.
It’s strange, because Williams, a 6’2″ fighter with long arms and a big frame, would be a perfect opponent for any of the champions to fight because with his unbeaten record and his fighting style, he would make for an exciting crowd-pleasing fight, almost guanteed to bring in large PPV numbers. However, Williams’ seems to make other fighters afraid of him, mainly because of his height, reach and the fact that he throws so many punches per round. In a typical 12-round fight, Williams is capable of throwing 1000 punches, a number that few welterweights are able to match. Certainly, none of the current welterweight champions have the ability to throw that many punches in a fight, perhaps even two fights.
This in it self makes Williams even more dangerous, because he doesn’t have a lot of power in his shots like some of the champions like Cotto and Cintron. But, what he does have is more than any of them can seemingly handle. Cotto, another one of the young champions, you’d think would jump at the chance at fighting Williams, but he doesn’t seem even remotely interested in fighting him. The problem for Cotto, however, is that he wouldn’t be able to dent Williams’ iron chin like’s done against his previous opponents, meaning that in order to beat him, he’d have to try and match Williams punch for punch.
That, I’m afraid, would be a physical impossibility for Cotto, as he appears capable of throwing no more than 300-400 punches per fight. Should he get in the ring with Williams, he’d find himself quickly snowed under by shots and wouldn’t be able to keep up the pace of the fight. As for Mayweather, he’s turned into a pot shot fighter since moving up to the welterweight division and doesn’t seem to be able to throw more than a few combinations per round.
Mostly, he lands sneaky punches, then darts away to the outside where he uses his lateral movement to keep his opponents chasing him. However, against a fighter like Williams, Mayweather would be forced to trade with him much more than he’s accustomed to, and because of the fact that Mayweather isn’t much of a puncher, he’d find himself in a losing battle trying to keep up the hectic pace of Williams high-volume offense.
It would be a blow out win for Paul, and I see it as a one-sided win for him with Mayweather getting on his bicycle after tasting his many flurries in the first half of the fight, and then losing for lack of trying in the 2nd half of the fight.
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