Friday, November 17, 2017
Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams
Published October 30, 2008

This week the boxing calendar is flush with a bevy of bouts from Vivian Harris 10 round affair in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Pay Per View in Las Vegas, and in our backyard of Carson at the Home Depot Center where Christian Mijares and Vic Darchinyan collide in a bantamweight unification title clash.

All of this activity flush in the middle of a cold and wet one-sided World Series and a historical presidential campaign.

A week later in New York, Roy Jones Jr. will met undefeated Joe Calzaghe on HBO Pay Per View for Calzaghe's Ring magazine light heavyweight title.

Jones was once a helluva fighter, flashy, fast, undefeated middleweight champion and undefeated light heavyweight champion and the first man in 100 years to move up from light heavyweight to win the heavyweight title.

Then against the advice of his one time promoter Don King, Jones went back down in weight and got clocked by Antonio Tarver, and then smashed out again by Glen Johnson, and lost to Tarver again. He was finished wasn't he?

Not in boxing, especially if you are Jones who promotes himself and managed to parlay a fight against an out of shape Felix Trinidad into a lucrative payday against Calzaghe.

What is often disgusting about the sport of boxing is that because it is a sport that is highly unregulated, that a Jones and Evander Holyfield can fight well beyond their best years and still get handsomely paid for it.

Frequently it gives the average fight fan the impression that there is a lack of talent in the sport, but nothing is farther from the truth.

Take WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams for example. Williams is managed by Al Haymon and promoted by Dan Goossen's Goossen Tutor's Promotions. He is young at 27 years of age and sports an impressive resume of 35-1 with 26 knockouts.

The only blemish on his record is a 12 round decision to Carlos Quintana that he avenged four months later with a crushing one round KO.

In his last fight on Sept. 25 he went up in weight to the middleweight division to take on Andy Kolle and mashed him out in one round. Sure you say Kolle is a nobody.

Well then what about his performance against reigning WBC welterweight champion Antonio Margarito whom he scored a unanimous 12 round decision in July 2007 at the Home Depot Center to earn the WBO title?

After Margarito's shocking victory over Miguel Cotto, Goossen offered Margarito $4 million to fight Williams again and the Mexican champion turned it down.

Margarito is waiting with abated breath for a lucrative payday against Oscar De La Hoya that will never come.

Meanwhile, Williams is moving on. On November 29 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, he will challenge for the IBF junior middleweight title against Verno Phillips.

Phillips is a journeyman, a tactical fighter who knows how to survive and often do just enough to win as he did against Cory Spinks to win the crown.

For all the ability that Spinks has, he does not prepare himself adequately outside the ring to be a star inside the ring.

Williams doesn't have such shortcomings. He is as shy as he is gifted, but when it comes to living the good clean life outside the ring he has no problem.

His problem if finding people who want to fight him. Goossen ranks Williams with the best fighter's that's he's ever had, including champions such as James Toney and Michael Nunn.

Both Toney and Nunn fought the best, something that in those days wasn't a problem, but in this era of boxing musical chairs who knows when Williams will get the opportunity to fight another elite fighter.

Kelly Pavlik was discussed, but he took the money and a royal ass whipping from Bernard Hopkins, exposing himself and elevating yet another old-timer.

The one advantage that Williams has is he's not fighting against Mother Nature or father time, but at this stage of the game they might be easier to find than a champion who wants to fight him.   


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