By Ted Sares: He never really got into his grove and his punch volume was way down, so what was wrong? Badly cut and badly beat, the mystique of “The Punisher,” Paul Williams, 33-1 with 24 KOs, is no more. Something was very wrong tonight and you could see it from the get go.
Article posted on 10.02.2008
But wait, perhaps it wasn’t so much that Williams was sour as it Carlos Quintana’s ability to hit Williams repeatedly with fast, sharp and slashing punches, particularly his somewhat awkward straight left hand, and then cleverly move out of the way. Williams told Lennox Lewis before the fight that he would lay down on his punches to generate more power and perhaps get a one punch knockout. He never came close. In short, there is no sugar coating the fact that Carlos Quintana, 25-1 with 19 KOs, simply was too much for Williams to handle, and this was truly shocking given the way Miguel Cotto dismantled Carlos in late 2006.
Williams did begin to find his grove in the mid rounds but could not sustain the action as Carlos got his second win and came back strong with accurate, albeit fewer punches to win a convincing UD by 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 scores and the WBO welterweight title.
The added significance of this fight is that it leaves Cotto and Antonio Margorito as the prime and righteous candidates to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. At the next level are Cintron, Clottey, Judah, Collazo, Berto, Zaveck and now Quintana must again be taken seriously. What Oscar De La Hoya is doing in the mix is perplexing, but then, so is boxing.
What a difference one fight makes!