Dennis Andries vs Edward Neblett also featuring Ronald "Winky" Wright vs Gary McCall official on-site 10 page programme plus official bout sheet, 15th November 1991, Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida.
Andries W TKO 4
Wright W Retired 1
Dennis Andries (born 5 November 1953 in Guyana) was a British professional in the light heavyweight (175 lb) division.
Andries turned pro in 1978 and won the WBC Light Heavyweight Title in 1986 in a decision over American JB Williamson.
He defended the title once against fellow Briton Tony Sibson before losing the belt in 1987 to Thomas Hearns. In 1989 he captured the Vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title with a win over American Tony Willis, but lost the title in his first defence to Jeff Harding. In 1990 he won a rematch with Harding via 7th round KO, recapturing the title.
He made two further defences before in 1991 losing the title again to Harding, via majority decision, capping their trilogy.
He eventually moved up to Cruiserweight, and never fought again for a major World title, retiring in 1996.
Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright (born November 26, 1971, in Washington, DC) 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. The nickname stuck for the rest of his career.
Big time promoters like Don King and Lou Duva would not promote Wright in the early part of his career. His 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.
On August 21, 1994, 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, Wright had not fought in a match that had gone more than 8 rounds. His inexperience showed as Winky lost a unanimous decision, with Vasquez knocking down Wright in the second, seventh, ninth, and twice in the round 12.
On February 4, 1995, Wright defeated Tony Marshall by unanimous decision, winning the NABF Middleweight Championship.
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. He continued to tour the World, fighting and winning fights in South Africa and England.
After breaking with the Acaries brothers in 1999, citing that he was tired of all the travel, Wright knocked out Derrick Graham in the third round in Miami, Florida. This set the stage for his first major fight against IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Fernando Vargas. Although some ringside fans and members of the media felt Wright won the fight, Vargas won a controversial majority decision.
Wright continued to defend the NABF and won the USBA light middleweight title in another decision over Bronco McKart.
Winky beat Mosley in both of their bouts.Felix Trinidad's jump to the middleweight division left the IBF junior middleweight title vacant. Wright scored a unanimous decision over Robert Frazier on October 12, 2001, to win his first major boxing championship. In his first defence on February 2, 2002, Wright stopped Jason Papillion in the fifth round. He took a third fight against Bronco McKart, which ended in controversy as the referee disqualified McKart for repeated low blows in the 8th round.
Wright's Las Vegas debut was against Juan Carlos Candelo on March 1, 2003. Wright won an unanimous decision. He followed that up with another blow-out victory over Angel Hernandez 8 months later.
To the surprise of many including Wright, Shane Mosley challenged Winky to a junior middleweight unification fight on March 13, 2004. Mosley was a celebrated fighter coming off his second win against Oscar de la Hoya. Wright beat Mosley soundly with his effective jabbing and defence, winning a lopsided unanimous decision, winning the Ring Magazine light middleweight championship of the World and became the division's first undisputed champion in 29 years, and the first man to hold the IBF, WBA, and WBC junior Middlweight titles simultaneously. The rematch took place on November 20, 2004. This fight was much closer, with one judge scoring the bout a draw. However, the other two judges scored 115-113 and gave the majority decision to Wright.
Trinidad lost all 12 rounds when he fought Wright.On May 14, 2005, he defeated Felix Trinidad by unanimous decision.
Trinidad was a fan favourite and a feared power puncher, and many figured he would be able to knock Wright out. Instead, Wright's jab and defence 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. Wright's dominance over such a highly regarded opponent led to many placing him among the top two pound-for-pound boxers in the World, just behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wright's victory sent Trinidad into his second and 3 year retirement. Shortly after the Trinidad fight, Wright formed his own promotional boxing firm Winky Wright Promotions.
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.
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.