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Paul Williams: Thomas Hearns reborn?

Is Paul “The Punisher” Williams the second-coming of Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns? It`s probably too early to say such a thing, but the long, lanky, hard-hitting welterweight looked impressive as he dissected and demolished the once-great Sharmba Mitchell.

Is Paul “The Punisher” Williams the second-coming of Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns? It`s probably too early to say such a thing, but the long, lanky, hard-hitting welterweight looked impressive as he dissected and demolished the once-great Sharmba Mitchell. The six-one Williams used his much greater height and reach to his advantage, but he also fought in close, showing the ability to set the pace with his jab, or throw short punches to great effect on the inside. Mitchell is well past his prime, but he came to fight, and in his loss, he did expose some holes in Williams` defense. Williams has a tendency to drop his hands and Mitchell tagged him several times for committing this boxing sin. Fortunately for Williams, he had the chin to weather Mitchell`s best blows. Mitchell represented a test, and Paul Williams passed it with flying colors, dropping Sharmba four times en route to a fourth-round TKO.

Williams lacks the mighty right hand of the great Thomas Hearns, but his build and style are very similar to those of “the Motor City Cobra”. Williams has a great potential, and he`s getting to the point where it will be tested, hopefully against the best that the welterweight division has to offer.

Williams is expected to be Antonio Margarito`s next opponent, and the winner of that bout will hopefully be matched up with the winner of the upcoming Floyd Mayweather/Carlos Baldomir bout. The welterweight division has seen a great deal of excitement lately, and I don`t expect that to change.

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