Paul Williams To Fight A Middleweight Ten-Rounder September 25th - Faces Andy Kolle

03.09.08 - by James Slater - Reigning WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams has proven he was serious all along about once again fighting up at 160 pounds. The lanky southpaw, who boxed a handful of his early pro career bouts as a middleweight, said earlier this year that he wanted a shot at current middleweight king Kelly Pavlik. Most people laughed at Williams, but "The Punisher" was serious..

Paul WilliamsWell, the 27-year-old welterweight hasn't got Pavlik, but in his next fight - scheduled for September 25th in California - Williams will face the once-beaten Andy Kolle, a 26-year-old middleweight from Minnesota. A 6'1" lefty like Williams, Kolle has a good 17-1(12) record. The sole loss came by 6 rnd retirement to the unbeaten Andre Ward in April of 2006. Kolle has won eight in a row since, and in his last two bouts he met and defeated a couple of useful fighters.

Out-pointing both Matt Vanda and then Jonathan Reid - the Reid fight taking place this past June - the fighter known as "Kaos" picked up two good wins. Yes, he'll be the underdog against the fast and hurtful-punching Williams, but Kolle may just have a shot. Moving up two weight divisions can prove to be too much for some fighters, and even though Williams boxed at 160 pounds back in 2000 and 2001, we don't know how his chin will react today if he's hit flush by a genuine middleweight - which Kolle is.

The plan for Williams is to re-test the waters at middleweight on September 25th - on a card that will also feature unbeaten heavyweight contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola - and then drop back down to 147 pounds for a defence of his WBO belt against a yet to be announced challenger on November 29th. Once again, Arreola will co-headline with him. Wanting to make a statement at middleweight by becoming the first man to genuinely KO Kolle, Williams is expected to come out fast in his next bout.

Should he do as he wants and if he feels happy boxing at 160 pounds again, Williams, after his November fight, may well move up to middleweight on a permanent basis. Who knows? It must be handed to "The Punisher," however, that he is a hungry fighter willing to take risks. No, Kolle is no world beater, but he is a durable and solid middleweight. Williams could have picked a much easier foe to tackle in his middleweight "re-debut."

Article posted on 03.09.2008

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