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Watch: Paul Williams speaks on his return to boxing as a trainer

Showtime's Steve Farhood sat down with Paul Williams, who has returned to boxing as a trainer after a career-ending injury in 2012.

Steve Farhood: Paul Williams, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you back in boxing, and to see you back in the role of a trainer. Why is now the right time for you to make this return?

Paul Williams: When you've got God in your life, and you surround yourself with good people, when preparation meets opportunity, it equals success. This is the right time. (George Peterson) has been trying to get me to do this for four years, since I got hurt. He was like, 'Paul, I got some guys.' But I was a beast in that ring, man. And I couldn't deal with the fact that I wouldn't be jumping in the ring, throwing punches, doing my thing. I just turned a blind ear. I wouldn't say I was depressed, but I was going through my own thing. I was, like, you know what, I'm just gonna check on my property, shoot my guns, just do my own stuff, do everything on my own. But I went to a fight in San Antonio, and this dude Justin was out there, and he was, like, 'You remember me?' And we just got to talking and stuff, and he asked me to train him. I was, like, man, 'I'll see' -- just giving him the runaround. The time wasn't right. I wasn't right. But this kid stayed consistent, kept calling, kept asking if I'd meet with him. I was, like, I prayed about it. 'God, just give me a sign. If this is my next step in life, if this is what I gotta do, give me a sign.' So then he called me and asked, 'Can you meet me today?' Yeah. I met with him. We talked. One thing became another, I met him at the gym. And here he is now.

Steve Farhood: So why come back as a trainer?

Paul Williams: I can make another mark in the business by helping other guys out, to be the beast like I was. Not trying to get him to fight like me and be like me. No, I want him to be better than me. I'm just adding tools to this style he's got. Put little tools in there, add stuff in there. Let it all work for you. It's just a blessing, man. For me to be, like, this beast in the ring, and I got hurt -- I never thought 2012 would be my last time stepping in and out of the ring. And boom, that happened. Now I've got an opportunity to help somebody else. I thank God. I'm just looking for the best, help him go out there and have fun and do his thing.

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