Paul Williams vs Andy Kolle Preview
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 24, 2008) (Photo © German Villasenor)  
W.B.O welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will be making a 10-round tuneup appearance at middleweight against Andy Kolle. Paul Williams vs Andy Kolle will be fought at the Soboba Casino in California. The fight will be aired Thursday on the Versus TV network at 9 PM ET. The 6'1" Paul Williams, 34-1, 25 KO’s, will be fighting at middleweight, a weight he fought at only earlier in his career. Williams looked like a monster in his last fight against Carlos Quintana with a 1st round KO blowout. Williams got his revenge against Quintana and is now granting the unknown 26-year old
Kolle,17-1, 12 KO’s, a shot at stardom. The Boxing betting odds for Paul Williams vs Andy Kolle are projected to be Paul Williams -1500.

The 6'1" southpaw Kolle is coming off a dominating 10-round win over “The Contender” season one reality show contestant Jonathan Reid, 34-11, 19 KO’s. Kolle was stopped in the 6th round against contender Andre Ward in his only previous “step up” fight when he suffered an eye injury. Kolle is a game fighter with a good chin, and a decent punch. Kolle has a win over Minnesota state rival Matt Vanda, 37-4, 22 KO’s, who just lost a close split-decision to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Paul Williams showed why their have been comparisons to Tommy Hearns when he battered Carlos Quintana in spectacular fashion. Williams is a physical freak with power, speed and great stamina. Williams can take a good punch and can do damage inside or outside. The plan is for Williams to win this tuneup bout before moving back down to defend his title November 29th. Paul has not yet named his opponent but Andre Berto, 22-0, 19 KO’s, who fights this weekend, would be a fine choice. Williams has shown himself to be beatable when he lost a 12-round decsion as an 8-1 favorite to Carlos Quintana. Williams can be outboxed by very-slick boxers like Quintana. If a slick boxer has a lapse in concentration however, it could be lights out like it was for Quintana. Most critics say that Williams is not a KO artist but, I would disagree after seeing him dispose of a contender like Quintana the way he did.

Paul Williams manager and trainer, George Peterson, had this to say about the Paul Williams vs Andy Kolle fight. “Middleweight is a weight we’re going to be seeking after Paul’s finished cleaning out the welterweight division — and it’s just about cleaned out because nobody [at 147 pounds] wants to fight him. We’re looking to defend our belt on November 29 [on HBO], and from that time on we’re going to be seeking the middleweight division and possibly the junior middleweight. “Of course, we’ve seen power with Paul putting on those few [extra] pounds — a change in power — but less speed. When I say less speed, less mobility is what I want to say. And that’s a plus for us, because we’re at the stage now where I want Paul to sit down more [on his punches] and not so much movement. We’re not looking to make a statement here. We can come back and make a statement later; let’s just see how Paul handles the 160 pounds.”

Look for Paul Williams to work behind his long jab and set up his non-stop flow of combinations. Kolle is a steady fighter with good fundamentals. Look for Kolle to try and be aggressive but smart against a dangerous fighter in Williams. I have decided to break down the W.B.O welterweight Paul Williams boxing skills with my expert handicapping scale. Should Williams be listed as a top-10 pound for pound fighter? You decide.

Boxing Betting Odds Paul Williams vs Andy Kolle are projected to be Paul Williams -1300.

Williams -1500

Kolle +800

W.B.O Welterweight Champ Paul Williams Power Ratings 1-10 Marchetti Scale

*Power: 8 (* indicates x200%)
Size: 10
Speed: 7
Stamina: 10
Defense: 6
Chin: 8
Cuts: 8
Heart: 8
Legs: 7
Jab\Reach: 9
In-Fighting: 8
Ring IQ: 7
Peak: 8

Marchetti Rating: 10.5

Tale-of-the-Tape for Paul Williams

From: Augusta, GA
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 147-160
Reach: 82"
Age: 27
Style: Volume Puncher\Boxer
Best Punch: Right Hook.

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