Winky Wright vs Peter Quillin Preview June 2
Former world champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright will be taking on hard-hitting, unbeaten Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin of Chicago at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Sat. June 2. Wright is a four-time champion in the junior middleweight division, but will be stepping up to middleweight in this 10-round bout.
As Quillin’s record of 26-0, with 20 KOs shows, he has quite a bit of power while the southpaw Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) is known as a masterful defensive boxer with an excellent jab. Wright, who just turned 40 years old, hasn’t fought for more than three years and has lost his last two fights. He said he wasn’t ready to retire, but figured if he was going to keep boxing he better get back into the ring before he gets any older. He stated that he wants to fight the best opponents he can as his goal is to win another world title belt.
The 28-year-old Quillin said he’s prepared for whatever Wright throws at him when it comes to his style and tactics and said he’s ready to adapt and adjust to anything once the fight starts. He added that he’s not sure if Wright’s layoff will affect his opponent, but he’s ready no matter how old Wright is and how long he’s been out of action. He added that he’s not going to be looking for a knockout since they just come naturally and can’t be forced.
This will be Wright’s first 10-round bout in the last 16 years. He’s used to going 12 rounds, so will have to make sure he doesn’t give any rounds away if he plans on taking a decision. Wright isn’t known as a knockout artist since he relies more on his boxing skills than power. However, he hasn’t won a fight for nearly six years now and will be going into this bout as the underdog. Still, he represents a big step up in class for Quillin.
If Wright can’t beat Quillin it’s likely that he’ll retire since he wouldn’t have much of a chance at any of the champions. A loss for Quillin would hurt his chances at getting a title shot, but it wouldn’t really put a huge dent in his career. This fight could come down to who’s the hungriest, and it this point in their careers that’s probably Quillin. It’s a bit of a no-win situation for the young man though, since fans won’t put much stock in a win over a 40-year-old.
The key to beating Wright is to throw as many punches as possible and make him fight all three minutes of every round. But that’s not really Quillin’s style, so this could be quite a close fight. Wright has a great chin. He’s fought some of the best boxers in the world over the years such as Fernando Vargas, Felix Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Ike Quartey, Paul Williams, and Shane Mosley and has never been stopped.
Quillin will need to land some straight right hands as well as left hooks and possibly some uppercuts to slow Wright down. But if Wright can take Quillin’s power and display the same boxing and defensive abilities that he has throughout his career, this fight will likely go the distance with Quillin winning a close decision.
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Written by: Ian Palmer