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Why Winky? Paul Williams Says Why Not!
Published February 26, 2009

It's not even a month away and probably not on your radar screen for a must watch event, but critics are already crying about Paul Williams fighting Winky Wright on April 11 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Probably because few if anyone wants to see Winky fight against anybody. He is a colossal bore, plays peek-a-boo with his gloves and just paws at his opponent with a right jab.

To say that he doesn't sell tickets would be like over stating how bad the economy is, but what other options did Williams really have.

Add to the mix that both fighters are African American and you can smell this thinker from sewer to toilet.

Boxing needs exciting fights and in this economy that may not even be enough for the event to break even or turn a profit, so promoters Dan Goossen and Golden Boy are banking that the few tourist that still can afford Vegas will be in town on that Saturday in April and decide to purchase a ticket to the Events Center.

It is a gamble that even the ghost town of Vegas reluctantly accepted, especially now that there is no more Oscar cash register.

So, now you have it. Williams a tri divisional star that everybody is dodging and still not considered a branded star despite his impressive 36-1 resume with 27 knockouts and a 3-1 report card from 2008 alone.

Wright on the other hand fights as frequently as aliens invade the planet and the last time we saw him against Bernard Hopkins it was such a disaster that even their corner men fell asleep watch them slide around the ring.

Wright is 37 and in a time capsule with 50 victories and four defeats under his umbrella and just when you thought you had seen the last of him he's back like a bad habit.

He began to believe in his own press clippings after he blasted away Felix Trinidad in a surprising decision and vastly over negotiated his appeal in the sport.

At one point he wanted to become his own promoter and then when the bills began to pile up sought a stimulus plan from Golden Boy, which has more dates with HBO than P Diddy does with women.

Williams on the other hand has done just about all you can ask of him and Goossen has been remarkable at keeping him active.

He is a fresh faced 27 year old whose bright future is diminishing as the quality of opponents continue to erode.

He begged for Margarito after he solved him once, but instead Margarito fought Mosley and got knocked out and may not be heard from again.

I think his best fight might be against Kelly Pavilik for the middleweight crown, but now he has to plow through this mud fest against Wright.

His hope is that after not fighting for more than a year Wright can't pull the trigger and will just be there for a cut fest, but a loss to the out of sight back on your mind Wright will be difficult to overcome.

When I spoke to Williams trainer George Peterson he was confident that speed, volume and power would be too much for Wright to handle and I hope that he is right.

Wright is banking on his defensive skills and a solid jab to get him a bail out.

Wright may be the wrong fight, but as Goossen will tell you it's the Wright fight right now.


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