Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 1/22/12
Paul Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida enter their February 18 bout heading in opposite directions in their respective careers.  One man is only now experiencing a renaissance of international fame in the latter stages of his career; the other, a single loss away from irrelevance. Paul Williams entered the professional ranks with boatloads of potential and the hype to match.  Initially, Williams did not fail to live up to the talk, going nearly eight full years without a professional loss.  Yet, with all shooting stars, the upward trajectory is almost always matched by the inevitable descent.  A string of respectable wins did not result in pushing Williams into the level of stardom initially anticipated. Credit: Goossen Tutor Staring down the opportunity to claim “most underrated” status, Williams then suffered a devastating, highlight film-worthy knockout by Sergio Martinez in their 2010 rematch.  He followed that setback with a very questionable majority decision win over Erislandy Lara
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