The life of a boxer is undoubtedly dangerous and violent in the ring. However, these men's personal lives can be just as dynamic and treacherous.
The latest evidence comes in the forms of breaking news surrounding Boxer Paul “The Punisher” Williams, 30, who recently suffered a career ending injury, and became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Williams crashed while trying to dodge an oncoming car after trying to motion away from another car in a lane next to him. Williams, of Aiken, S.C., was in the area to attend his brother's wedding on Sunday afternoon.
Williams was a WBO welterweight, middleweight, and light middleweight champion. During his prestigious career, Williams recorded 41 wins, including 27 knockouts, and only 2 losses. His reputation and performance made the ever-smiling Williams one of the most avoided opponents in the sport, and it is so sad to see the likely end of his career come so soon.
Williams’ accident signifies a trend of tragic instances surrounding prominent boxers in recent years.
Here are a few famed fighters whose lives or careers were cut short due to tragic circumstances.