|Real name||Ronald Lamont Wright|
|Rated at||Light middleweight
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (1.79 m)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
26 November 1971 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Wins by KO||25|
Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright (born November 26, 1971) is an American former boxer. During his professional career he was recognized as the undisputed champion at light middleweight, and fought many notable world champions including Shane Mosley, Félix Trinidad, Jermain Taylor, Ike Quartey, Fernando Vargas, Bernard Hopkins and Paul Williams. Wright announced his retirement from boxing on June 4, 2012, following a loss to Peter Quillin.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Early years
- 2.2 First step up in class
- 2.3 Ongoing world tour and winning the WBO title
- 2.4 Moving to America
- 2.5 First major payday
- 2.6 Wright vs. Mosley I & II
- 2.7 Wright vs. Trinidad
- 2.8 Wright vs. Taylor
- 2.9 Wright vs. Quartey
- 2.10 Wright vs. Hopkins
- 2.11 Wright vs. Williams
- 2.12 Wright vs. Quillin
- 2.13 Later years
- 3 Life outside the ring
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Filmography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
After an amateur career that saw him accumulate an amateur record of 65-7 (even though most sources say 52-5 because they couldn't confirm the exact number of amateur fights that Wright had) he turned professional in 1990.
After his second-round knockout of Carlos Santana on July 30, 1992, in St. Petersburg, Florida, the ring announcer called him "Winky" Wright, the name given to him by his grandmother when he was 6 months old and that had unofficially stuck with him since he was 18 months old. The nickname stuck with him for the rest of his career following his win over Santana.
Big time promoters like Don King and Lou Duva would not promote Wright in the early part of his career. His first big time promoters were the French based Acaries brothers, who struck a deal for Wright to fight Darryl Lattimore in Luxembourg on January 1, 1993. Wright knocked Lattimore down three times, and the fight was stopped. Wright went on a tear during his tour of Europe, winning 8 straight in France, Germany, Monte Carlo, only fighting in the United States once over the next year.
First step up in class
On August 21, 1994, Wright received his first title match against WBA Light Middleweight Champion Julio César Vásquez in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. Although he was 25–0 at the time, Wright had not fought in a match that had gone more than 8 rounds. His inexperience showed as Winky lost a unanimous decision, with Vasquez knocking down Wright in the second, seventh and ninth rounds, as well as twice in the twelfth round (Wright also officially slipped 3 times during the fight and 4 times unofficially). However, the decision proved controversial, as Vasquez only won the fight on the knock-downs he scored (with Wright appearing to win every round (except the third round, which appeared to be even) that Vasquez didn't knock him down in) and that the knock-down (which was the first knock-down) in the second round was a controversial variation of a slip (the one unofficial slip in the fight), which would mean that if it wasn't controversially ruled a knock-down, Wright would've narrowly won the fight on the scorecards (on a one-point margin): 112-111.
Ongoing world tour and winning the WBO title
Wright continued fighting in Europe, only fighting in the United States once, until his unanimous decision victory against Andrew Council on March 5, 1996. His impressive win opened the door to fight WBO Light Middleweight Champion Bronco McKart, a fight Wright won by split decision. He continued to tour the world, fighting in South Africa (where he lost controversially to the undefeated Harry Simon) and The United Kingdom (where he defeated Adrian Dodson, Ensley Bingham and Steve Foster).
Moving to America
He stopped working with the Acaries brothers in 1999, stating that he was tired of all the travelling. He went on to knock out Derrick Graham in the third round in Miami, Florida. This set the stage for his first major fight against IBF Light Middleweight Champion Fernando Vargas. Although some ringside fans and members of the media felt that Wright had won the fight, Vargas ended up winning a controversial majority decision. Harold Lederman (a ringside boxing broadcaster for HBO whose job is to unofficially score fights) scored the bout 115-113, for Wright.
Wright continued to defend the NABF and won the USBA Light Middleweight title in another decision over Bronco McKart.
First major payday
Félix Trinidad's jump to the middleweight division left the IBF Light Middleweight title vacant. Wright scored a unanimous decision over Robert Frazier on October 12, 2001, to win his first major boxing championship. In his first defense on February 2, 2002, Wright stopped Jason Papillion in the fifth round. He took a third fight against Bronco McKart, which ended in controversy as the referee disqualified McKart for repeated low blows in the 8th round.
For Wright's next fight, Oscar De La Hoya offered to fight him. However because of the lack of money The Golden Boy was willing to give Wright for the fight, the deal fell through and Oscar fought Luis Ramon Campas for the WBA & WBC Light Middleweight Championships. Wright went on to debut on National Television Las Vegas against Juan Carlos Candelo on March 1, 2003. This fight would also be his first title defense and would win an impressive unanimous decision victory. He followed that up with another blowout victory over Angel Hernandez 8 months later.
Wright vs. Mosley I & II
To the surprise of many, including Wright, Shane Mosley challenged Winky to a light middleweight unification title fight on March 13, 2004. Mosley was a celebrated fighter coming off his second win against Oscar De La Hoya and was looking for a tune-up fight to prepare for a super fight with Felix Trinidad. Shane had stated that he wanted to fight the winner of the fight between Wright and Angel Hernandez. Wright, being the winner, earned a fight with the great "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Wright was a 4 to 1 underdog against Mosley. During the fight, Wright pressed his will early on and discouraged Mosley with his size, effective jabbing and defense. Winky won a lopsided unanimous decision, winning the The Ring Light Middleweight Championship of the world and becoming the division's first undisputed champion in 29 years. Wright was the first man to hold the IBF, WBA and WBC Light Middlweight titles simultaneously and the first light middleweight to ever hold the WBA, IBF, WBC and the The Ring Championships at once.
The rematch took place on November 20, 2004. This fight was much closer because Winky deliberately gave away some of the rounds and even dropped his hands in one round, in order to show that Mosley couldn't hurt him. Two judges scored 115–113 for Wright and one judge scored the bout a draw. Wright was awarded the majority decision, which despite Wright blatantly giving away a few of the rounds, was still a decisive victory in his favour. Soon after, Wright would vacate his titles to move up to the middleweight division to challenge Felix Trinidad.
Wright vs. Trinidad
On May 14, 2005, with Wright once again playing the underdog role, he easily defeated Félix Trinidad by unanimous decision. Wright credits this fight as his greatest achievement in his career as he earned the respect and fan base of many that Felix Trinidad had behind him. Trinidad was a fan favorite and a feared power puncher and many figured he would be able to knock Wright out. But Wright's signature style defence and piston-like jab was too much for the Puerto Rican hero as Trinidad was having trouble landing punches throughout the fight (Two judges scored the fight 119–108 and one judge scored it 120–107). As a result of his dominant victory over such a highly regarded opponent, Wright established himself as a top contender to challenge for the WBC Middleweight Championship and led to many placing him among the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world. His victory would send Trinidad into his second retirement for three years.
Wright vs. Taylor
After winning a unanimous decision over Sam Soliman in December 2005, Wright faced off against Undisputed Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor on June 17, 2006, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee for the WBC and WBO titles. Jermain Taylor had just came off 2 exciting, spectacular victories against Bernard Hopkins. In a very close fight, the match was ruled a draw. Two judges scored the bout 115–113 for each fighter, while the final judge scored it 114–114. Following the announcement of the decision results, Winky was upset that he was not awarded the decision. Both camps attempted at negotiating a rematch, but talks failed after neither side could agree on how to split the money—a problem attributed to Wright's insistence on parity and Taylor's reluctance to give 50 percent to a non-champion.
Wright vs. Quartey
Quartey had been for years saying that Winky took his style and ran with it. Winky responded by saying: "I don't understand how you can say something like that." He then went on about how he and Quartey used to train in the same gym together and how he looked up to Quartey. Wright used Quartey's insults to fuel him in the fight. With a chip on his shoulder from the Taylor fight, Wright won via unanimous decision and, for the first time in years, knocked his opponent down in the early rounds.
Two judges had the fight 117-110 and one had the bout 117-109, all for Wright.
Wright vs. Hopkins
Wright's next fight came against Bernard Hopkins. They fought at 170 pounds on July 21, 2007. The bout aired on HBO pay-per-view. In the early rounds of the fight, there was no love lost as Hopkins outpointed Wright until a clash of heads (ruled unintentional) by Hopkins left a deep gash over Wright's eyebrow leading to Wright becoming the aggressor in the fight. Now fighting with a sense of urgency, Wright gave problems due to his tight defense guarding the cut and landing combinations from the outside. Hopkins seemed to stick through the pressure and land flush combinations targeting the bloody eye. Hopkins won via unanimous decision on the judges' score cards (116–112, 117–111, 117–111).
It was Winky's first loss in 8 years. In the post-fight interview, Wright was asked why he took the fight. He responded by saying, "I wanted to show everybody that I'm the best fighter out there, regardless of weight. If I fight the best, then I'll be the best."
Wright vs. Williams
Winky Wright ended a 21-month layoff when he faced Paul Williams on April 11, 2009 on HBO. The fight took place at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. The site of the fight was the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Wright lost via decision. Two judges scored the bout 119-109 for Williams while the 3rd judge scored the bout 120-108 for Williams. Wright won only the 5th round on two judges cards, while the 3rd judge scored all the rounds for Paul Williams.
Wright vs. Quillin
After a 3-year hiatus from boxing, Wright was expected to face Peter Quillin on May 26, 2012, but the date was changed to June 2, 2012 in order to satisfy the California State Athletic Commission. Quillin defeated Wright via unanimous decision. Wright announced his retirement shortly after the fight.
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After several failed attempts to stay active after the one-sided sweep by Paul "The Punisher" Williams, Wright decided to get surgery on his knee during his inactivity, in the summer of 2010. Wright's most recent attempts were to get fights with Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez, who knocked out Paul Williams, and also a 160 lb. fight with Kelly Pavlik. He, however, successfully landed a fight with contender Grady Brewer on December 11, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Winky Wright and Grady Brewer were ready and set to do battle until weeks before the fight, the promoters shut the PPV matchup down due to poor ticket sales.
On November 16, 2010, it surfaced on the internet that Wright's grandmother, Mary Dorsey, had died on November 3. When asked to give his thoughts on what had happened, Winky credited his grandmother for everything he had accomplished during his boxing career, in which he primarily stated that he wouldn't have been world champion if it wasn't for her. After the new year of 2011, Wright came out and gave his side and strategies to the Super Fight between Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao. During the interview, he also stated that he'll be coming back to fight on April 9 on the undercard of Marques-Morales against Matthew Macklin. Although it was not a title fight, both fighters have hopes that with the win over each other, they would have a shot at the Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez at 160 lbs. Once again, weeks before the PPV the fight had to be canceled due to an injury to Winky's right hand.
Shortly after the showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was made, it was stated that Dawson would not be working with trainer Emanuel Steward and instead would work with his previous trainer John Scully. Wright, being a good friend of Dawson's, offered to help him on his upcoming fight while getting him into physical shape. He stated in a brief, short interview, "No, I'm not a trainer and I'm not training Dawson. The fighting part of my career isn't even over, why would I want to start training? I'm just there to give advice and pointers to Dawson. Help him prepare for Hopkins and his dirty tactics. Hopkins is a dirty fighter." In an October interview, he stated that he will once again be coming back stating, "The junior middleweight division is full of people that call themselves champions when they ain't fought nobody. I'm coming back to take what's rightfully mine." He also stated that he'd made a mistake with just coming back and taking on a fighter like Paul Williams. He confirmed that he's going to take a couple tune-up fights hoping to grab one by December. He also, in the interview, he expressed interest in fighting WBA Light Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto, WBC Light Middleweight Champion Saul Alvarez and The Ring Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez in the future.
Life outside the ring
Wright has appeared in music videos for Busta Rhymes' "Touch It Remix" (feat. Mary J. Blige, Missy, Rah Digga, Lloyd Banks, Papoose, DMX) 50 Cent's "Outta Control Remix" (feat. Mobb Deep) Jamie Foxx's "DJ Play a Love Song" (feat. Twista) and 2 Pistols's "She Got It" (feat. T-Pain). He also appeared briefly in the cult hit State Property 2 along with Dame Dash and Beanie Sigel.
Wright has previously entered into ventures and endorsements with brands such as Reebok, Vitamin Water, Rocawear, State Property and 2(x)ist men's underwear among many others. Through these partnerships, Wright has appeared in television commercials and ad campaigns around New York City and in Men's Fitness, Men's Health, VIBE and VIBE VixeN magazines.
He currently owns an independent record label, Pound 4 Pound Records, also based in St. Petersburg. The label consists of a talent roster which covers genres of music from rock & roll to hip hop.
Winky now has his own promotion company called Winky Wright Promotions.
Winky Wright got married to Sayquana Barney on August 1, 2009. Winky often participates in charity events, in which he also has his own charity event called Winky Wright Foundation which gives him the opportunity to give back to the community. He currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Winky Wright has recently been spotted in the Michael Jordan 10th Annual Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament with other stars like John Smoltz, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Larry David, among others.
Professional boxing record
|51 Wins (25 KOs), 6 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Loss||51-6-1||Peter Quillin||UD||10||2012-06-02||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Loss||51-5-1||Paul Williams||UD||12||2009-04-11||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||51-4-1||Bernard Hopkins||UD||12||2007-07-21||Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Fight at 170-pound catch weight.|
|Win||51-3-1||Ike Quartey||UD||12||2006-12-02||St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida|
|Draw||50-3-1||Jermain Taylor||PTS||12||2006-06-17||FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee||For WBC/WBO/The Ring middleweight titles.|
|Win||50–3||Sam Soliman||UD||12||2005-12-10||Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut||WBC/IBF middleweight eliminator.|
|Win||49–3||Félix Trinidad||UD||12||2005-05-14||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||WBC middleweight eliminator.|
|Win||48–3||Shane Mosley||MD||12||2004-11-20||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC/WBA(Super)/The Ring
|Win||47–3||Shane Mosley||UD||12||2004-03-13||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF & won WBC/WBA(Super)/The Ring light-middleweight titles.|
|Win||46–3||Angel Hernandez||UD||12||2003-11-08||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||45–3||Juan Carlos Candelo||UD||12||2003-03-01||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||44–3||Bronco McKart||DQ||9 (12),
|2002-09-07||Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon||Retained IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||43–3||Jason Papillion||TKO||5 (12),
|2002-02-02||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida||Retained IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||42–3||Robert Frazier||UD||12||2001-10-12||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California||Won vacant IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||41–3||Keith Mullings||UD||12||2000-12-16||Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Retained NABF/USBA light-middleweight titles.|
|Win||40–3||Bronco McKart||UD||12||2000-09-09||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, Chester, West Virginia||Won NABF & vacant USBA
IBF light-middleweight eliminator.
|Loss||39–3||Fernando Vargas||MD||12||1999-12-04||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon||For IBF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||39–2||Derrick Graham||KO||3 (12)||1999-03-27||Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida||IBF light-middleweight eliminator.|
|Loss||38–2||Harry Simon||MD||12||1998-08-22||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North West||Lost WBO light-middleweight title.|
|Win||38–1||Adrian Dodson||TKO||6 (12),
|1997-12-19||New London Arena, Millwall, London||Retained WBO light-middleweight title.|
|Win||37–1||Steve Foster||TKO||6 (12),
|1997-05-03||Nynex Arena, Manchester||Retained WBO light-middleweight title.|
|Win||36–1||Ensley Bingham||UD||12||1996-11-09||Nynex Arena, Manchester||Retained WBO light-middleweight title.|
|Win||35–1||Bronco McKart||SD||12||1996-05-17||Glen Stock Arena, Monroe, Michigan||Won WBO light-middleweight title.|
|Win||34–1||Andrew Council||UD||12||1996-03-05||Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained NABF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||33–1||Jean Paul D'Alessandro||UD||8||1996-01-06||Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||32–1||Young Dick Tiger||TKO||9 (10)||1995-10-23||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||31–1||Anthony Ivory||UD||12||1995-08-23||La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes||Retained NABF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||30–1||Larry LaCoursiere||TKO||1 (?)||1995-07-25||Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques|
|Win||29–1||Leon Cessiron||PTS||6||1995-04-11||La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||28–1||Anthony Ivory||PTS||8||1995-04-01||La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||27–1||Tony Marshall||UD||12||1995-02-04||Beziers, Hérault||Won vacant NABF light-middleweight title.|
|Win||26–1||Ernesto Rafael Sena||RTD||2 (10),
|1994-11-11||Club Caja Popular, San Miguel, Tucuman|
|Loss||25–1||Julio Cesar Vasquez||UD||12||1994-08-21||Jai Alai, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques||For WBA light-middleweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Orlando Orozco||TKO||1 (8)||1994-06-04||Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||24–0||Armando Herrera||KO||1 (8)||1994-03-19||Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||23–0||Tony McCrimmion||TKO||5 (?)||1993-12-04||Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||22–0||Gilberto Barreto||TKO||2 (10)||1993-10-16||Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||21–0||Leon Rouse||KO||1 (8)||1993-08-21||Salle des etoiles, Levallois-Perret, Monte Carlo|
|Win||20–0||James Stokes||KO||1 (8),
|1993-05-28||Punta Gorda, Florida|
|Win||19–0||Eric Holland||UD||8||1993-03-20||Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||18–0||Roland Commings||UD||8||1993-01-31||Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine|
|Win||17–0||Darryl Lattimore||TKO||1 (8),
|Win||16–0||Carlos Santana||TKO||2 (10),
|1992-07-30||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||15–0||Delfino Marin||TKO||1 (10),
|1992-05-28||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||14–0||Mike Howard||TKO||4 (8)||1992-03-27||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||13–0||Persephone Van Reenen||TKO||3 (?)||1992-02-28||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||12–0||Lennell Strohman||UD||6||1991-12-13||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||11–0||Gary McCall||RTD||1 (6)||1991-11-15||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||10–0||Glenn Major||TKO||2 (6)||1991-10-18||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||9–0||Jeff Johnson||UD||6||1991-09-17||Marriott World Center, Orlando, Florida|
|Win||8–0||Edison Martinez||TKO||1 (?)||1991-08-30||Orlando, Florida|
|Win||7–0||Rocky Fabrizio||UD||6||1991-08-13||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||6–0||Lorenzo Bouie||UD||6||1991-07-26||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||5–0||Glenn Major||TKO||4 (6)||1991-03-29||Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida|
|Win||4–0||Stedroy Bolus||TKO||3 (4)||1991-01-25||Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida|
|Win||3–0||Tony Graham||TKO||2 (?)||1990-12-14||Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida|
|Win||2–0||Christopher Conrad||TKO||1 (?)||1990-11-28||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Anthony Salerno||UD||4||1990-10-16||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida||Professional debut.|
|WBO Light Middleweight Champion
May 17, 1996 – August 22, 1998
Title last held byFélix Trinidad
|IBF Light Middleweight Champion
October 12, 2001 – April 19, 2004
Title next held byVerno Phillips
Title last held byKoichi Wajima
|Undisputed Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 – April 19, 2004
|WBC Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 – March 5, 2005
Interim Champion promoted
|WBA Light Middleweight Super Champion
March 13, 2004 – March 20, 2005
|The Ring Light Middleweight Champion
March 13, 2004 - March 20, 2005
Title next held bySaúl Álvarez
|2004||The Jury||Winky Wright||TV Series 1EP|
|2005||State Property 2||Winky Wright||Cameo|
|2006||Loren Cass||Voice 1||Documentary|
- Dan Rafael (June 4, 2012). "Winky Wright: 'I'm gonna call it a day'". ESPN.com.
- John C. Cotey (April 22, 2004). "IBF strips Wright of its title". Tampa Bay Times.
- 04/14/05 Wright/Trinidad fight results
- Cotey, John C (2005-12-11). "Wright wins by decision". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- 06/17/06 Wright/Taylor fight results
- 07/21/07 Wright/Hopkins fight results
- Winky Wright's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com