Three years after his last fight, Winky Wright might be back on the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Golden Boy Promotions has listened to the fans, and what they've apparently heard is, "Hey, do you think we could have an old timers' night? Just for fun?"
In addition to 40-year-old Shane Mosley being booked in a lousy fight against WBC junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez despite being 0-2-1 in his last three fights, BoxingScene.com reports that Winky Wright, another 40-year-old fighter, is possible for the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard in a middleweight bout against Peter Quillin.
Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO) hasn't fought since July 2009, when he was shut out by Paul Williams on HBO, and that is his only fight since 2007. It has been nearly half a decade since Wright was a relevant factor in the boxing world, and he hasn't won since his December 2006 victory over Ike Quartey, who never fought again. (Or at least hasn't yet, as Golden Boy might look him up for the PPV opener at this rate.)
Wright was originally booked to face Matthew Macklin on last April's "Action Heroes" show, but pulled out of that fight with a hand injury in training. A few months later, he talked about returning in November or December, but he didn't, same as he didn't return in November or December the previous year, either.
Quillin (26-0, 20 KO) is a pretty good middleweight prospect who's looking to get his career rolling after some injury setbacks stunted what should have been his true development years. At 28, he knows he's getting a bit old to continue being a "prospect," but Golden Boy doesn't really have any middleweights for him to fight, and that's where Wright probably comes in.
That and they might still suspect that there actually is name value left in Wright. I have my doubts that there's name value left in Shane Mosley; I have no doubt that there's no true name value left in Winky Wright, who is effectively retired at this point and was never some big star in the first place.
This is turning into just the damnedest show.
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