Good fight on HBO tonight. Paul Williams, out of Aiken, S.C., will fight Sergio Martinez for the WBC middleweight title. Williams beat Martinez by majority decision in a thrilling bout last year.
Williams is intriguing. He'd rather fight as a welterweight, but almost nobody will fight him. He wants Manny Pacquiao. Not sure Manny is interested. Williams is tall, 6-2, and has a freakish wingspan. He also wants Floyd Mayweather Jr., but if Floyd fights these days he fights only opponents he knows he can beat.
His style is frantic. I've never seen a fighter that throws as many punches as Williams. He can be hit because, instead of thinking about stopping his opponent's punch, he's thinking about hitting him again.
Against Kermit Cintron last May, however, Williams looked human. He kept throwing, but he wasn't as effective as usual, and he got hit.
A respected boxing trainer who was in Charlotte recently said that, had Cintron not fallen out of the ring and been unable to continue, he would have beaten Williams.
When I told him how impressive I thought Williams was, the trainer told me that boxing had figured out Williams.
I think he's wrong, and I think Williams proves it tonight.