Erislandy Lara is Praying For Paul Williams To Walk Again

By Keith Idec

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of one of the worst decisions in recent boxing history.

But as much as Erislandy Lara’s “loss” to Paul Williams last July 9 in Atlantic City stalled Lara’s career, the Cuban-born southpaw knows a disputed defeat in the ring pales in comparison to what Williams lost during a May 27 motorcycle accident in Marietta, Ga. Like so many others involved in boxing, Lara prays that the partially paralyzed Williams will walk again.

“You never want to see that happen to anyone,” said Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs), who was on the wrong end of a maligned majority decision in a 12-round WBC junior middleweight elimination match against Williams (41-2, 27 KOs). “It’s a really sad story. I wish him all the luck in the world. He just has to keep pushing forward. Life is bigger than boxing. He’s got his kids, he’s got his family and I want him to go on and have a great life.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aces725 on 07-11-2012

[QUOTE=East;12321226]You've obviously never been in the ring! You judge fights based on what the commentators are saying. Did you ask for the Pacquiao/ Marquez judges to be suspended? I didn't think so....[/QUOTE] Lmao! Dude PAC/Marquez was a close fight even…

Comment by DannYankee on 07-10-2012

Well said, i hope he walks again, he was one of the few fighters who had the balls to fight people because they where the best not because of their fan following and all that bs excuses that other boxers…

Comment by kill the body on 07-10-2012

Yes sir,very well said and supported.

Comment by chubano on 07-10-2012

As cuban I am a Lara' fan, but I saw the fight vs Williams closer than most of the people, Williams took some punches but he was on the attack all the time and also landed some good volume. I…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 07-10-2012

Get well Paul! Both - Salute!

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