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Paul Williams paralysed after crash

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Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday © PA Photos
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Paul Williams' boxing career looks to be over after the former world champion was involved in a motorbike accident.

The 30-year-old has been left paralysed from the waist down after being thrown from his bike in Atlanta on Sunday, landing on his back and head and severing his spinal cord.

Williams was in line to fight Saul Alvarez for the Mexican's WBC light-middleweight crown in September, but it appears he may have fought his last fight.

"Paul is in denial right now. It's been that way with him," Williams' manager George Peterson told ESPN. "You tell him he can't or won't do something, and he wants to prove you different.

"So whatever the doctors say, he's not listening. But they say that walking and boxing is not going to happen."

Peterson confirmed that Williams is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday to stabilise the portion of his spinal cord that is intact which will allow him to move his hands, arms, torso and head.

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