TRAINER GEORGE PETERSON LIKENS FIGHTING SOUTHPAWS TO HAVING SEX
Former three-time titleholder Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) attended the weigh-in along with trainer George Peterson.
Williams confirmed that he is being considered for a Jan. 21 return in Atlantic City, N.J., opposite Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs), whose first of two straight first-round stoppages was scored in April’s upset of RING No. 6-rated counterpart James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs).
Peterson broached the topic of Williams’ adversity against fellow southpaws — a dominant decision over former beltholder Winky Wright notwithstanding.
Williams has split matchups with left-handers Carlos Quintana and RING No. 3-rated pound-for-pound Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), knocking out Quintana in their welterweight rematch, but being stopped in the second round of a middleweight return fight with Martinez.
In addition, Williams is coming off of July’s disputed majority decision win over southpaw Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs), a fight that most ringside media believed Lara won.
In the wake of Peterson’s calling Martinez’s left cross against Williams, “a lucky punch,” Lara repeatedly landed a left hand on Williams, a successful imitation of Martinez to which Williams never seemed to adjust.
Asked if he and Williams had been working on that, Peterson came up with the following:
“Here’s the thing. It’s not so much that he wasn’t working on that. We worked on that. We couldn’t execute. Sometimes…look, I was having sex with my wife last night. It wasn’t like it was two nights ago,” said Peterson.
“You understand what I’m saying? So you don’t have to show up each time you walk in the ring. And that’s what they fail to realize.”
WILLIAMS WANTS MARTINEZ, SAUL ALVAREZ, JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ
Williams, who has fought at welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight, said he would like a rematch with Martinez, and if not, shots at RING No. 2-rated WBC 154-pound titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) or RING No. 5-rated middleweight and WBC beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs).
“Of course, I definitely want to get back in there with Sergio Martinez, or Saul Alvarez or Julio Chavez Jr. or somebody like that, you know. Of course I would go back up to middleweight. I would go to wherever I can get the fights at. I would go back to 160, or however I can get it. I will go where the money goes,” said Williams.
“If my promoter wants me to go down there [junior middleweight], then that’s where I will go. It’s just about getting somebody in the ring that everybody wants to see. I love to put on a show, so no matter how it’s going to come out, no matter whether I win or lose, I want to put on a fight that people are going to talk about.”
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