Paul Williams finds new opponent for next fight

Paul "The Punisher" Williams
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Thursday Nov. 5, 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Paul Williams finally has found an opponent for his next bout, choosing Sergio Martinez to replace injured Kelly Pavlik.

Williams spent the fall preparing for a showdown with Pavlik, but the middleweight champ backed out of two dates due to an infection in his left hand. The bout finally was canceled last month.

Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) is a two-time welterweight champion who can fight in several weight classes. He hasn't been in the ring since his one-sided victory over Winky Wright last April.

Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) is the WBC 154-pound champion, but will move up to 160 pounds to face Williams.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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