Winky Wright Loses to Peter Quillin, RetiresWritten by Lee Cleveland
The enigmatic Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-6-1, 25 KO), fighting for the first time in three years, dropped a 10 round unanimous decision to highly-ranked middleweight contender Peter Quillin (27-0, 20 KO) last night and announced his retirement from boxing via Twitter this morning.
Despite losing an all three cards 98-91, 98-91 and 97-92, the 40 year old Winky Wright was far more competitive than some pundits had predicted, showing occasional flashes of brilliance in a bout that saw fireworks from both men. Nevertheless, in the end Wright couldn't overcome three years of ring rust and the speed and quickness of his youthful foe.
After losing the first two rounds, Wright came alive to arguably win Rounds 3 and 4. But Peter Quillin reasserted himself by flooring Wright in the fifth round compliments of a hard right hand to the head. Shaken, Wright didn't appear seriously hurt and continued to force the action in Rounds 6 and 7, counter-punching well and limiting Quillin's offensives.
However, the 28 year old once again established control in the eighth, rocking Winky Wright with a vicious uppercut, forcing the 40 year old former champion into a defensive shell the rest of the round. And despite a strong showing by Winky Wright in Round 9, Quillin was able to win the tenth and final stanza and cruise to a comfortable but hard-fought unanimous decision win.
After the bout, questions lingered if Wright would have been able to defeat Quillin had the former engaged in a tune-up or two prior to facing the highly-touted middleweight. But Winky Wright, who decided to hang 'em up a few hours ago, isn't second-guessing.
Winky Wright via Twitter this morning:
@RealWinkyWright: It was fun while it lasted I did what I set out to do and that was to be great. Part of being a good boxer is knowing when to call it quits.
@RealWinkyWright: If I can't be the champion again theres no need to keep boxing. But I thank all of u from the bottom of my heart for always supporting me.
A southpaw who was known for his impenetrable defense and accurate combinations, Winky Wright was the first light middleweight to hold the IBF/WBA/WBC titles concurrently. In addition, the Tampa native has fought a virtual "Who's Who" of top light middleweights from 1996 to 2009.
Winky's next stop, should he stay retired, will be the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Winky Wright's Titles and Championship Reigns
- WBO Light Middleweight Champion
May 17, 1996 – August 22, 1998
- IBF Light Middleweight Champion
October 12, 2001 – April 19, 2004
- Undisputed Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 – April 19, 2004
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 – March 5, 2005
- WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Super Title
March 13, 2004 – March 20, 2005
- The RING/Lineal Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 - March 20, 2005
Winky Wright's Most Significant Fights
- (Lost) UD 12 Julio Cesar Vasquez - 1994
- (Won) UD 12 Andrew Council - 1996
- (Won) SD 12 Bronco McKart - 1996
- (Lost) MD 12 Fernando Vargas - 1999
- (Won) UD 12 Bronco McKart - 2000
- (Won) UD 12 Keith Mullings - 2000
- (Won) UD 12 Shane Mosley - 2004
- (Won) MD 12 Shane Mosley - 2004
- (Won) UD 12 Felix Trinidad - 2005
- (Won) UD 12 Sam Soliman - 2005
- (Draw) 12 Jermain Taylor - 2006
- (Lost) UD 12 Bernard Hopkins - 2007
- (Lost) UD 12 Paul Williams - 2009
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