Paul Williams is having surgery today to stabilized his back after a severe motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed him from the waist down.
He was schedule to fight Canelo Alvarez, but the most important thing now is Williams’ health going forward. The show must go on and a replacement has been named.
James Kirkland will replace Paul Williams, who suffered a career-ending injury on Sunday, and challenge junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com on Thursday.
Mexico’s 21-year-old Alvarez was due to make his fifth title defense against Williams in the main event of a pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. However, just days after signing for the fight, former two-time welterweight titlist Williams was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle crash early Sunday in Atlanta on his way to his brother’s home on the day of another brother’s wedding.
I am not that high on Kirkland as a boxer, but there is no such thing as a boring fight when he is in the ring, so someone will get KOed.