'Bronco Billy' Wright: 50 year old heavyweight monster records 14th straight KOWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Is 50 the new 40?
Perhaps it's the new 30...
(Image courtesy of Mario Serrano, WBN)
On a Roy Jones Jr promoted fight card last night in Fort McDowell, Ariz, 50-year-old heavyweight contender “Bronco Billy” Wright (47-4, 38 KOs) dispatched seemingly formidable 29 year old Gilberto Domingos (22-3, 20 KOs) in the opening stanza with nasty body shot.
With the win, the 6'4", 325 lb Wright improved to 47-4, 38 KOs, recording his 14th straight knockout and 29th career first round stoppage.
So who is this guy?
Bronco Billy is a serious fighter and, as a heavyweight, is ranked No. 63 in the world by BoxRec and No. 23 in the U.S. by the same website.
How stellar is that ranking?
He's ranked higher than former top-level contender Michael Grant and Michael Sprott, Nos. 66 and 70, and is catching up to respected prospect Hughie Fury (No. 61) and comebacking former belt-holder Shannon Briggs (No. 53).
Wright turned pro in 1986 but is well-preserved having taken hiatuses from boxing in the following years: 1988-89, 1996, 2000-06 and 2008-10.
Prior to last night's bout, 'Bronco Billy' Wright told elite-level, distinguished sports publicist Mario Serrano via WBN:
"Defending my WBC LATIN AMERICAN and FECARBOX titles is a pretty big deal for me."
"It's my leverage to compete at the top level as I try to crack the top ten in the WBC."
"Right now I'm at #17 [in the WBC], but I plan to move up with each fight this year."
"At this age I feel stronger then I was when I was younger. It's that old man strength I guess you can call it. I'm smarter, wiser and more discipline at this stage in my career."
"I have a goal to become the heavyweight champion of the world and motivation is greater than ever."
"A lot of these top contenders are shying away from fighting me. I just want to earn my opportunity and fight the best."
Will we see WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the ring with 'Bronco Billy' in 2016? Will Wright, after a few more tune-ups, be ready for lineal and legitimate heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko?
The oldest fighter to win at least a share of the heavyweight title is George Foreman. He was 45 when he defeated Michael Moorer in 1994 to capture the WBA and IBF belts and win lineal distinction as the real and legitimate heavyweight champion of the world.
'Bronco Billy' Wright Facts & Stats
- Earned fifth round TKO over former contender Chauncey Welliver (then 55-7-5) in 2014
- Hasn't lost in 17 years; KO 1 via former IBF heavyweight champion Tony Tucker in 1998
- Winner of 18 fights in a row
- Sports a 75 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio
- Has fought 14 times in the last three and a half years
- Twenty-nine knockouts in the first round