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Birth name: Ronald Lamont Wright.
Other names: Ronald Wright.
Born: November 26, 1971 Washington, DC, U.S.
Winky Wright biography (bio):
Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright is an American boxer, the former undisputed light middleweight world champion and a current middleweight contender.
After his 2nd 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 18 months old.
Winky Wright 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, Winky Wright received his first title match against WBA Light Middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Vasquez in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. Although he was 25-0 at the time, Winky Wright had not fought in a match that had gone more than 8 rounds. His inexperience showed as Winky Wright lost a unanimous decision, with Vasquez knocking down Wright in the second, seventh, ninth, and twice in the round 12.
On February 4, 1995, Winky Wright defeated Tony Marshall by unanimous decision, winning the NABF Middleweight Championship.
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.
Coming To America:
After breaking with the Acaries brothers in 1999, citing that he was tired of all the travel, Winky Wright knocked out Derrick Graham in the third round in Miami, Florida.
Wright continued to defend the NABF and won the USBA light middleweight title in another decision over Bronco McKart.
His first major payday:
Winky Wright scored a unanimous decision over Robert Frazier on October 12, 2001, to win his first major boxing championship.
Winky Wright's Las Vegas debut was against Juan Carlos Candelo on March 1, 2003. Winky Wright won an unanimous decision.
Winky Wright dominates Felix Trinidad:
On May 14, 2005, he defeated Felix Trinidad by unanimous decision. Trinidad was a fan favorite and a feared power puncher, and many figured he would be able to knock Wright out. Instead, Wright's jab and defense once again prevailed, and Wright won a unanimous decision (120-107 and 119-108 on two scorecards) to establish himself as a top contender to challenge for the WBC middleweight championship.
Controversy against 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 WBA, WBC, and WBO titles. In a close fight, the match was ruled a draw. Two judges scored the bout 115-113 for each fighter, while the final judge scored it a 114-114 draw. Once the decision was announced, Winky stormed out of the ring, upset that he was not awarded the decision. When interviewed later, he refused a rematch with Taylor, stating that he was going to get the same result.
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.
Winky Wright's last fight came against Bernard Hopkins. They fought at 170 pounds on July 21, 2007. The bout aired on HBO Pay-per-view. A head butt (ruled unintentional) by Hopkins left a deep gash over Wright's eyebrow from the 3rd round. Hopkins seemed content to out-box Wright with well-timed jabs and combinations on the outside, although Wright did cause Hopkins trouble in the middle rounds. Hopkins won on the judges' score cards 116-112, 117-111, 117-111. It was Winky's first loss in over 8 years.
Life outside the ring:
Winky Wright currently calls St. Petersburg, Florida, home. He is an avid fight fan and regularly attends major boxing events.