Winky Wright is confused as to why his rumored May 5 fight against Peter Quillin on the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard has been called off, and denies the rumor that the Nevada commission wouldn't license him. From BoxingScene.com:
"I talked to [NSAC Executive Director] Keith [Kizer] and he told me that I had to come in and do every test that anyone else would have to do. He was cool. He wanted me to come back and he wanted to see me fight. For them to say that the commission wouldn't clear me, they didn't even see me yet. How are they not going to clear me if they didn't see me yet?. He couldn't tell me that I would be cleared, but he definitely didn't tell me that I wouldn't be cleared," Wright said.
Wright, 40, hasn't fought since a lopsided defeat at the hands of Paul Williams in April 2009, and that was his first fight since July 2007, so in other words, Wright hasn't fought in three years and has fought all of two times in the last five years.
Wright gives Peter Quillin credit for accepting the fight and isn't blaming his woulda-been opponent, but frankly, given the inactivity and the fact that he's old, Quillin probably doesn't deserve a ton of credit for accepting the fight in the first place.
Listen, I don't know for certain that Winky (51-5-1, 25 KO) is a shot fighter, but here's the information we can work from:
- He's 40 years old.
- He has not fought in three years.
- He's fought twice in the last five years.
- He's had numerous dates that fell through for one reason or another in the last three years; blame what you want, but the constant in the situation is Winky Wright.
- He's rumored to walk around at about 200 pounds or so. Good for him. Retired fighters should eat what they want. But they're talking about him coming back at 160.
I will say, as I said then, that I don't think Winky lost quite as badly to Paul Williams as the scorecards reflected. He had some moments in the fight and wasn't useless in there or anything, just overwhelmed by a volume guy who matched up well with him. Plus, Wright was rusty.
Not that that would make him good against Quillin, in theory, or against anyone decent anymore, but I guess I could say for a guy who's 40 and hasn't fought in three years and is rumored to not stay in fighting shape all the time, Winky Wright is probably as fresh as it can get, given the general lack of punishment he took over the years.
Personally, I'm happy the fight isn't going ahead. I don't object to a Winky comeback, I don't object to seeing a network televise it even. I just don't want it on this card, which can be better filled out with fights that aren't experiments. We've already got Canelo Alvarez vs Shane Mosley to deal with.
Wright says he wants to give all the fans (it's news to me lately that Winky Wright has some legion of fans salivating over his return, but that's another story) the chance to see his comeback with one of the TV networks, but also insists he plans to fight soon one way or another. We'll see. I expect nothing. He's retired. I don't care if he never officially announced a retirement. When you don't fight for three years, you're not a fighter anymore.