Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin dropped Winky Wright tonight, but couldn't stop the 40-year-old retiree, grinding out a ten-round decision on scores of 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91. Bad Left Hook scored it 97-92 for Quillin.
Quillin (27-0, 20 KO) was solid but unspectacular in this fight, but Wright (51-6-1, 25 KO) did give him some solid experience. Winky was simply not physically able to compete against a strong, young fighter. Wright, who hasn't fought since 2009, and still hasn't won a fight since 2006 (losing three straight), was game and showed up to fight, and definitely didn't look like a totally shot fighter. He had a little to offer, though not a lot.
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After the fight, Wright gave Quillin credit for winning, and said he'd "see" if this was the end of his career. He blamed ring rust more than anything, and said he'd like to fight at 154 pounds, a weight he hasn't made since 2004.
Quillin still has a lot of work to do to get to that top level, but he definitely didn't take any steps back or anything tonight. He's definitely got a future, and if nothing else, tonight was a solid learning experience.
It would probably be best if Winky did retire. It's not that he can't still fight, but he's not someone who wants to be a mid-tier fighter. He wants to fight good opponents at the higher levels. I don't think there are many guys he can beat at that level anymore. He just doesn't have the power or speed, neither of which were ever trademarks of his, but when you take away what he had...
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