Former welterweight champion Paul Williams’ promoter, Dan Goossen, says the boxer is resting Friday night following surgery to stabilize his spine. The surgery lasted 6 ½ hours Friday night. Goossen said the surgery “went as planned” and doctors said they would talk with Williams about the procedure on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Williams severed his spinal cord when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga. Police said he was driving too fast for conditions.
Williams’ manager, George Peterson, said the former champion is paralyzed from the waist down. He had been scheduled to fight Sept. 15 in Las Vegas against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Goossen said Williams has been talking and in good spirits as he predicted he would walk again.