An early morning motorcycle accident in Georgia last week has left two-time welterweight title holder Paul Williams paralyzed from the waist down. An article on
ESPN.com said Williams was due to challenge junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September.
Williams was on his way to his brother’s home outside of Atlanta last week when the motorcycle he was riding on went off the road, hit an embankment, and flipped him off the bike onto the pavement. Authorities say the bike was traveling at a high rate of speed.
According to witnesses and authorities, Williams was forced out of his lane by a motorist and into the path of an oncoming car. He swerved to the shoulder to avoid a collision and ended up falling from the bike into the road. One of the motorists called 911.
Williams’ manager says the fighter was alert and joking in the hospital last week, but doctors were scheduling him for surgery to stabilize a portion of his spine that allows him to maintain movement of his arms, torso, head and neck.
According to his manager, Williams wants his fans to know he is not in any pain and he remains in good spirits. Doctors say that, without complications, he should be out of the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center within a few weeks.
Motorcycle accidents can be deadly and almost always lead to large medical bills and loss of income. If you or a family member is injured in an accident, contact David Van Sant, an Alpharetta accident lawyer who specializes in helping the victims of accidents.