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Paul Williams defiant from hospital bed

The 30 year-old was thrown from his bike after swerving to avoid a car and have been unable to gain feeling in his legs since the crash. Williams’s manager said the boxer hasn’t given up hope of getting in the ring again and will make a statement himself later this week.

“From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement,” stated George Peterson.

“He’s in very good spirits, though. He still believes he’s going to fight again.”

“I know he’s going to make a statement after surgery on Wednesday, because he’s that kind of person.

“He’s 100 per cent coherent and still has the will to want to get back on the motorcycle.

“I want to think along with him, because I’ve seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn’t have happened,” he added.

The former WBO welterweight champion was rated amongst the best pound for pound fighters in the world until a recent knockout loss to Sergio Martinez and has been steadily rebuilding his career since, with some success.

The Georgian-born fighter was aiming to win another version of the world crown on September 15th against WBC 154lb belt holder Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the Mexican will now have to secure a new challenger.

Williams is facing a long road ahead following surgery on Wednesday, although according to Peterson, has not lost his sense of humour in what is a harrowing situation for the highly-rated fighter.

“We want his fans to know he’s going to be all right and he’ll be back,” Peterson said.

“He said if he wasn’t going to be boxing, he’s going to be a stand-up comedian.”