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Winky Wright retires after stellar career

By Christopher P. Cook
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

After taking three years off from the sport and a knee surgery, St Petersburg’s Winky Wright fought his last match of his storied career last night in Carson, California. Facing a potential future champion in Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Wright fought with a lot of heart and may have been able to defeat the far younger boxer if the ring rust was not present. Nonetheless, Quillin won via unanimous decision leaving Wright with a questionable path forward in boxing. Like a champ, Wright chose to make his own path telling his fans this morning via Twitter

@RealWinkyWright: It was fun while it lasted I did what I set out to do and that was to be great. Part of being a good boxer is knowing when to call it quits

@RealWinkyWright: If I can’t be the champion again theres no need to keep boxing. But I thank all of u from the bottom of my heart for always supporting me

We would like to express our best wishes to Winky and his family as he moves into his post-fight career. It has been a pleasure covering your bouts and we are glad that you went out on your own terms, displaying the heart of a champion always. We look forward to seeing you at the Hall of Fame, you’ve earned it champ.

Winky Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs)
First light middleweight ever to hold the IBF/WBA/WBC titles simultaneously
WBC Light Middleweight champion
WBA Light Middleweight champion
IBF Light Middleweight champion
WBO Light Middleweight champion

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