Paul Williams Ducking Lara?

If he defeats Nobuhiro Ishida on Feb. 18, Paul Williams won’t know for at least a month or two who he’ll fight next.

Williams knows, though, he won’t fight Erislandy Lara again later this year. Lara obviously deserves a rematch with Williams, but the man who long claimed he was the most avoided man in boxing seems as if he is eluding Lara.

“I ain’t got no reason to fight him,” Williams said.

“He ain’t got no fame and glory. All he got was me having a bad night. That was about it. If he gets a title or something, or gets some clout up under his name, then I’ll definitely go check him again.”

Lara clearly had the edge on Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) in their 12-round junior middleweight match July 9 in Atlantic City, but Williams won a majority decision. The scorecards submitted by judges Donald Givens (116-114), Hilton Whitaker (115-113) and Al Bennett (114-114) were so preposterous, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis suspended all three indefinitely.
Williams disagreed with Davis’ decision to suspend them.

“I thought I inched it out,” Williams said.

“They do count body shots and I worked the body the most.”

Williams and Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) will meet Feb. 18 in a “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event in Corpus Christi, Texas.



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