MANDALAY MADNESS: Winky Wright, left, will face a tough match in the youngerPaul Williams on Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Spit BucketHow many punches can Winky block?Few will doubt that Ronald "Winky" Wright is a very competent fighter. However, Wright his never been and will never be a star fighter.On Saturday April 11 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Wright will face the most difficult test of his career when he meets 27-year old Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a non-title fight televised live by HBO Championship Boxing.In sports lore it's a good thing to have good defense and you often hear the clichÅ½ that defense wins championships.That may be true in football and it's a good skill to have in basketball, but in the sport of boxing a good defensive fighter is known as a catcher.Wright's peek-a-boo style worked wonders on Felix Trinidad while he was in decline and against an undersized Shane Mosley, but on Saturday he will get cut every which way but loose."We respect Winky. He's a great fighter, but I want to know if he's prepared to catch 140 punches per round," asked Williams longtime trainer George Peterson.Peterson is the only trainer that Williams has ever known and is responsible for leading him to the impressive 36-1 record with 27 knockouts."He will have to be prepared to fight three minutes of every round against Paul just to have a chance," said Peterson. "I know what it's like to be 27 and I know what it's like to be 37. An old dog can't run with a young dog."Williams trained for two months in preparation for Wright, polished his arsenal that includes punches from all angles and with the necessary power to hurt you with each shot."If Winky makes one grave mistake he will get stopped," said Peterson who was in Las Vegas with his fighter this week.Wright has not fought in almost two and a half years, while Williams fought four times last year alone.His age notwithstanding it may be his skill set or lack there of that will ultimately do Wright in.Williams is sharp as a razor according to Peterson and that does not bode well for a guy who by the time he figures out what hit him will be sitting on his stool contemplating retirement.This will be one of those rare boxing shows where three big time promoters will have their hand in the pot. Golden Boy Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions will present the main event while Don King Productions will lend heavyweight Jameel "Big Time" McCline against Chris Arreola in the co-feature.The undefeated Arreola will risk his reputation against a world class tested fighter in McCline, but McCline's biggest problem is that he's failed most of those tests.However, it could be a dangerous fight for the young Mexican from Riverside if he's not in better shape than he was for his last fight when he found himself on the canvas and almost knocked out.