Paul “The Punisher” Williams is an American professional boxer. He was born on July 27, 1981 at Aiken, South Carolina. Williams started boxing from the suggestion of a friend of the family who saw him in a school fight (on the school bus). The bus driver suggested that he exert his energy in the boxing gym and introduced him to a manager and trainer. As an amateur, Williams had 20-25 fights before becoming pro at the age of 19.
Williams made his professional debut in 2000 being promoted by the Goossens. From the start of his career, he has had a series of wins, not to mention outpointing amateur star, Terrence Cauthen, in 2005. Later that year, he fought against Alfonso Sanchez, and knocked him out in 5 rounds.
Williams made his ESPN debut with a second round win via knockout against Sergio Rios. He then made his HBO debut defeating Walter Matthysse on the tenth round via technical knockout. This victory was then followed by another win over former Junior Welterweight Champion of the World, Sharmba Mitchell.
By 2007, Williams became the mandatory challenger against Antonio Margarito, WBO Welterweight Champion. The match was held in Carson, California on July of the said year. Williams defeated Margarito and captured the title via a twelve-round unanimous decision. During the fight, Williams threw an average of more than 100 punches for every round. He then went to defend his fight twice against Carlos Quintana. He lost on the first match (held on February 9, 2008), but managed to win on the second one (held on June 7, 2008).
In 2010, Williams won against Kermit Cintron in a match held in California, but lost to Sergio Gabriel Martinez a few months after with the WBC Middleweight title on the line. Throughout his career, Williams has had 41 matches in total. From these, 40 were wins (27 via knockout) and just 2 losses.