Paul Williams Denies 147 Return, Wants Martinez Trilogy

By Christian Vick

Former three time welterweight champion, Paul “Punisher” Williams, has spent the last couple of months in relative obscurity. Last November, his dreams came crashing down courtesy of Sergio Martinez, who knocked Williams out in the second round of tehir rematch. Many in the boxing world have wondered if Williams' career would ever recover.

Seemingly, Paul Williams could return to the ring against a plethora of opponents spanning three different weight divisions. Or could he? This writer had a sit down chat with the former world champion. Williams was very optimistic about his prospects, and seemed fired up to return to the ring

Paul, There are some reports out there that you would like to return to the welterweight division. Is there a specific reasoning behind that?

PW: That is false. I have no intention of going back to 147 pounds. None. I don’t know why that is out there. The only fights I will take at 147 pounds are Mayweather and Pacaquio fights. That’s it. They aren’t trying to see me right now though so 147 pounds isn’t going to happen.

What’s up with the WBC? Their Preisdent, Jose Sulaiman, announced that you were part of four-man tournament to get a shot at the title held by Saul Alvarez.  Have you been informed of this. Why should you have to fight two fights to get Saul "Canelo" Alvarez? It seems a bit incongruous.

PW:(Laughs) I have not heard about it. Pretty sure Canelo does not want that fight. So why do it? There are other fights out there.

Then who? Would you entertain a rubber match with Sergio Martinez?

Yes. Absolutely. I want that fight. I will take it if the chance presents itself. I would like to get a chance to redeem myself. I have no ill will towards Sergio. I like him personally, we have a good relationship. I still want to get him in the ring one last time

Anyone else?

Anyone can get it. Anyone at 154 pounds. Any of the middleweights. It doesn’t matter. HBO has thrown out some names, nothing is certain. It’s looking like June, but not even that is certain. I am going to continue to work hard. It was a tough loss. Sometimes in boxing, people get caught. I am going to move past it and show the world what I can do.

Christian Vick is the Senior writer for; His book,” The triumphs and Tragedy of Riddick Bowe” will be released this summer

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Visceral on 03-16-2011

Good to hear from the Punisher again.

Comment by AllEyesOpen on 03-16-2011

[QUOTE=borikua;10242374]I know, but it was competitive until then.[/QUOTE] I gotta agree, Cintron swandived into the first row. Williams tried to see if his face could merge with the canvass. They should fight each other again, it would probably be entertaining…

Comment by borikua on 03-16-2011

[QUOTE=Jim Jeffries;10242366]Not his fault Kermit thought he was Greg Louganis.[/QUOTE] I know, but it was competitive until then.

Comment by Jim Jeffries on 03-16-2011

[QUOTE=borikua;10242357]Try to beat someone like Cintron first.[/QUOTE] Not his fault Kermit thought he was Greg Louganis.

Comment by borikua on 03-16-2011

Try to beat someone like Cintron first.

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