Saturday, April 11, 2009

Black Sports: Paul Williams Can’t Find an Opponent

Paul Williams hasn't been able to pick a fight with anyone in his preferred weight class, so he's moving up again Saturday.

The career 147-pounder, whose last two bouts have been at junior middleweight (154), is climbing to middleweight to face Winky Wright in a non-title bout (HBO, 10 p.m. ET).

"Forty-seven is my weight class, if I can get anybody to fight me at '47," said Williams, who stands 6-1 with an 82-inch reach, after a recent training session. "The only reason we're going up is to get people to fight us."

Wright, 37, is the former undisputed champion at junior middleweight. His last fight was against Bernard Hopkins, but that was two years ago.

That unanimous-decision loss was Wright's first loss in eight years. Not noted for his punching power, Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) — like Williams, who is also a southpaw — is known for having a high work rate, a steady jab, a solid chin and a tight defense.


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