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What Happened to Terrel Williams? – The Man Who Paralyzed Prichard Colón With Illegal Shots

Published 10/14/2021, 9:06 AM EDT

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Back in 2015, two budding welterweights fought at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. After the fight, only one of them ever remained the same. Terrell Williams took on the undefeated super-welterweight Prichard Colón. Colón came into the fight 16-0 and dreamt of having the WBC belt around his waist.

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This fight ended up being the last time Colón would ever enter the ring. From the beginning of the fight, Colón kept complaining to the referee that Williams was hitting him with ‘rabbit punches’. Rabbit punches are illegal in boxing, as they hit the back of the opponent’s head. Williams kept throwing rabbit punches, which angered Colón, who then landed a low blow. After which, Williams went on a spree, hitting Colón on the back of the head several times.


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Colón complained about being dizzy to his doctor, who, after a superficial examination, allowed him to continue. Finally, in the 9th round, Williams did what no other welterweight was able to do against Colón. He knocked Colón down for the third time with rabbit punches. Colón struggled to his corner, where his cornermen mistakenly removed his gloves, prompting the referee to disqualify Colón and award the win to Williams. In the locker room, Colón fell unconscious, after which he was admitted to a hospital where he slipped into a coma.

Where is Terrell Williams now? 

Initially, Williams took two years off to deal with what happened. Since then, he fought 4 times before stopping again in September 2019. Williams has stayed off the internet because of which there are no updates on the fight. After his last fight, the welterweight completely went off the grid.

Six years on from the incident that changed his life, Williams still receives hate for his actions. The only trace of Williams on the internet is his Facebook account, which has been active since 2013. Every day, Facebook users often go to the comments section of the only post that Williams has put up to send hate messages.


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For Colón, however, the fight was a mental as well as a physical one. The former undefeated welterweight slipped into a coma and remained in a vegetative state. However, as of 2018, Prichard Colón has started moving again. Colón’s mother, who has a YouTube channel, regularly posts video updates of Colón’s health, showing him exercising and receiving physical therapy. Even though the boxer has to use a computer to communicate, he is slowly showing signs of progress and making his return to a normal life.


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In 2021, the WBC honored Colón by making him the World Boxing Council Honorary Champion for life. They even presented a belt as a small token of their appreciation. Thanks to the kind gesture from the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Colón will forever be known as a WBC champion. We wish the champion the very best as he makes his recovery back to his former self.

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.
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