Paul Williams: A look over his boxing career
By Daniel R: Paul “The punisher” Williams was one of the most exciting fighters to watch, with an exciting style Paul produced some of the most exciting fights in recent time most notably his first encounter with Sergio Martinez, this article will highlight his career best performances.
After building up a record of 32-0 Paul Williams finally received his shot at the world title and took on Antonio Margarito, Paul got off to a fast start throwing over 100 punches in each of the first four rounds and went on to dominate the first six rounds. Margarito then picked up the pace and as always Paul was willing to trade producing an action packed last six rounds which saw Paul winning the close unanimous decision and his first world title.
Straight after the Margarito fight Paul then took on Carlos Quintana and shockingly lost by unanimous decision, however four months later a rematch took place and Paul knocked Quintana out in the first round regaining his WBO world title.
Three fights later Paul then took on Ronald Wright in a light middleweight bout, Paul dominated from start to finish showing an insane work rate and completely battered Wright from all angles and was able to land to head and body at will. Paul went on to win the lopsided unanimous decision.
Paul then fought Sergio Martinez in what could have been seen by many as fight of the year. The fight started off quickly and round one saw two knockdowns with Williams knocking Martinez down with a left to the top of the head and towards the end of the round Martinez knocked Williams down with a perfect left hook. The fight was fought at an insane pace throughout with Martinez landing the cleaner shots but Paul as always going toe to toe and pushing the pace of the fight. By the later rounds both fighters were still astonishingly still trading and throwing many punches but it was Paul who emerged victorious winning an extremely close decision which could have gone either way.
These fights showed Paul’s determination and heart, Antonio Margarito was a feared fighter back in his prime yet it was Paul pushing the fight and he was willing to trade without fear of getting hit. After losing his world title to Carlos Quintana Paul immediately sought the rematch and knocked Quintana out in the first round regaining his title. With his lanky 6’2” frame Paul could quite easily stay at range and fight from the outside however he likes to put on a show and goes toe to toe with every fighter possible and the world of boxing will greatly miss such an exciting and determined fighter.
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