x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Boxing star Paul Williams suffers serious injuries after motorcycle crash

Former world champ faces new fight after requiring spinal surgery following weekend road accident.

Boxer Paul Williams
Boxer Paul Williams

ATLANTA// Former boxing world champion Paul Williams has suffered suspected paralysis after a motorcycle crash that could end his career.

The former WBO welterweight and interim light-middleweight champion faces the biggest fight of his life after sustaining serious back injuries in the accident, according to reports from the US.

The 30-year-old was due to face Saul Alvarez for the WBC light-middleweight title later this year.

Reports from the US suggested Williams had swerved to avoid contact with a vehicle while driving in Atlanta at the weekend, and lost control of his bike.

"Riding a motorcycle can be treacherous," said promoter Dan Goossen said. "I'm told Paul is in good spirits considering what has happened."

The fighter's manager, George Peterson, told local TV in Atlanta that the surgery would be to stabilise the upper half of the fighter's spine.

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