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The Indominatable Fighter

Overview


Paul Williams is a wrecking machine. At 6'1" he has a freakish reach that's one inch longer than Wladimir Klitschko and he regularly throws over a thousand punches a fight. How does an opponent deal with him? They don't. Elite boxers in the three weight divisions Williams can fight at have avoided him like the plague. Those who've dared step in the ring with him were punished. Carlos Quintana, who had previously handed Williams his only loss, made the mistake of giving him a rematch, and withered under a relentless assault that resulted in a blistering first round TKO. Williams' last opponent, Winky Wrightwho has never backed down from anybodytook the challenge and was handed the most dominating loss of his distinguished career. Until someone proves otherwise, Paul Williams has earned the right to call himself, "The Most Feared Fighter on the Planet."

 

HBO

Your trainer George Peterson said in Episode 1 that there are more things you have to develop, which considering your 37-1 record is downright scary. What's the biggest one?

Paul Williams

I want to show more power in my right hand. I did that against Quintana. Now people have something else to think about when they fight me. I could come out and throw power punches all night, but I have other punches I like to throw. People like to see knockouts. If I knock out a guy, fine. If not, it will be a beat down. I want to put a good ass-kicking on my opponent so people get their money's worth.

HBO

Why do you think George has had you spar occasionally with cruiserweights and heavyweights?

Paul Williams

He did that to see how I would do against bigger men. I showed him I could handle myself. Once he saw that he knew he could put me in with bigger fighters.

HBO

Winky Wright had been beaten before, but in his four previous losses he had never dropped a decision by such a wide margin. You practically threw a shutout against him. Were you surprised you were able to do that, considering Wright's reputation?

Paul Williams

No, I wasn't surprised. I was looking for a knockout. Once I let my hands go he had to fight at my pace. I was surprised he didn't block more of my punches. But I guess when I throw so many he can't block them all.

HBO

How do you develop your high-volume punching?

Paul Williams

On the heavy bag. Oh man, I normally throw 1,200 to 1,400 punches in three minutes on the 135-pound bag.

"Anyone they put in front of me is fine with me. I just want to fight. I call them out and they run. The reason I had to move up from 147 is that I couldn't get anyone there to fight me. "

HBO

What's the significance of your victory over Wright?

Paul Williams

Winky is a true middleweight, so nobody has to wonder anymore if I can hold my own against middleweights.

HBO

You hurt your hand against Wright. Tell me about it.

Paul Williams

It happened in the third or fifth round. I knew it was hurt, but I didn't know it was bleeding until after we took off the gloves. The knuckle on the thumb of my right hand split open. My hand felt a little numb after that, but I wasn't going to let Winky know I was hurt, so I kept throwing my right.

HBO

How do you think you would do against Kelly Pavlik?

Paul Williams

Kelly is a knockout puncher, but he can't hit you if you're moving all the time like I do. I know I can stand up to his power because I have sparred with guys a lot bigger than him. We tried to make a fight with Pavlik because we'd both make a lot of money. But his promoter (Bob Arum) won't let Pavlik fight me. He knows if he does, Pavlik will lose his belts. Since Cotto lost, Pavlik is his money maker.

HBO

If you could fight anyone, who would you like to go up against most?

Paul Williams

Anyone they put in front of me is fine with me. I just want to fight. I call them out and they run. The reason I had to move up from 147 is that I couldn't get anyone there to fight me. But I will say the one guy I'd really like to fight is Joe Calzaghe if he comes out of retirement. We would do that at 168, and I would probably weigh in at around 163. That's a weight I feel comfortable with.

HBO

How is possible for someone your size who can fight at middleweight to still be able make weight at 147 pounds?

Paul Williams

It's because I don't have any water weight or fat, and I always stay in shape between fights.

HBO

Do you think you could do well at 168 and even 175?

Paul Williams

Oh yeah, I can have success at those weight classes. I'd fight them the same way I fight at 147.

HBO

Would you like to get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins?

Paul Williams

Bernard is definitely stronger than me, but he's not faster than me. I've tried, but I can't get him to fight me.

HBO

Which weight division do you like fighting at best?

Paul Williams

Welterweight, because that's the money weight division. It's going to really blow peoples' minds when they see me go back down to 147 for the right fight. They think I can't do it. But I feel real comfortable at that weight.

HBO

What are your interests outside boxing?

Paul Williams

The way I train, I really don't have any chance to do anything else. I have a girlfriend (Shinda) and I have bought real estate and am making good money off of that. I own a two apartment complex building and houses in Aiken (SC), North Augusta and Augusta. I'm going to buy more. When I retire, I'll go into real estate.

Paul Williams

April 6, 2009