Paul “The Punisher” Williams wants to prove he’s still a top fighter this weekend. Many wonder if he is the same boxer he used to be, a common question asked of pugilists who suffer brutal knockouts.
Williams (39 – 2, 27 KOs) was once included in the Ring’s top ten pound-for-pound list, but has fallen in rank following a knockout loss to Sergio Martinez. The highlight reel-worthy KO avenged Martinez’s loss in their first fight and placed the Argentine at number three on the Ring’s pound-for-pound list (Behind only Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather).
Williams’ only fight since that loss was a bizarre, four round-fight against Kermit Cintron that ended with the Puerto Rican accidentally flying out of the ring and injuring himself. Williams was curiously awarded the decision, though some felt it should have been a no contest.
The four round performance wasn’t enough to truly determine if Williams was affected by the knockout, but he didn’t look particularly impressive or sharp.
Williams will be focused and determined to win, but Lara will be eager to take down a big name and boost his career. If the knockout didn’t take much or anything at all out of Williams, this could turn out to be a fairly easy fight; otherwise it’ll be a long night for him.