It wasn’t long ago that boxing fans and pundits alike were raving about how good Paul Williams was after his two-year purple patch in which he beat Antonio Margarito, Carlos Quintana (in a rematch), Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright and Sergio Martinez between 2007 and 2009.
Since then, the former WBO welterweight champion has out-boxed Kermit Cintron in a facial four-rounder.
He lost spectacularly to a sweet overhand left by Sergio Martinez. Williams also looked labored and disinterested in losing to Erislandy Lara last Saturday night.
It now seems that the 29 year-old Georgian is ready for the scrap heap after the lost at least a four-round decision to Erislandy Lara at the Boardwalk Hall.
People are even talking about retirement for a man with two (should be three) losses in 42 bouts.
Granted, it was a poor performance by Williams. He had been out of the ring a full eight months since his shocking second-round loss to Martinez at the same venue.
In my personal opinion, the Georgian should have taken longer out of the game to get his head around that damaging left hand that put him out for much longer than the count.
Add to that all the shocking high definition photographs that immediately were sent whizzing around the internet to every point across the globe.
It has to mess with a fighter’s head, even subconsciously.
Williams maybe should have taken a year or longer, as he is still only young in boxing terms and then came back fully recharged and ready to go.
Williams looked disorganized and like he was running on half power in Atlantic City and was extremely lucky (to say the least) to gain the victory decision.
It is possible he was pushed into fighting by people around him or may have monetary family reasons for getting back in the ring. But to me, he certainly did not want to be in that ring at that time.
He now finds himself backed into a corner where the only way out is to give Erislandy Lara a much-deserved rematch within the next six months to calm all the hysteria down and get some of his reputations back.
But to call for his retirement is totally unfounded. I think when he gets his head straight (in boxing terms), Paul Williams will once again be back to his best and will be a world champion also.