Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs)
Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs)
I'm not complaining at all. Better for my broke ass. But it's a sad commentary on boxing that a fight of this caliber can't generate TV sales. With no 24-7 how could anybody be interested? What the fuck do I care how these dudes carry themselves outside of the ring? As long as they come ready to die in the box that's all I can ask for. Come on people- let's bring boxing back to its glory days. Fuck that MMA nonsense.
There are a lot of similarities between Wink and Williams. They were both feared on their way up and had troubles fighting the top dogs. Boxers are tough but know who might knock them the fuck out. Wink might see part of himself in Williams and is giving him a shot to rise to the next level, something that wasn't provided for him till years later. It's definitely a risky move for Wink, but great for boxing. I'm far from an expert or analyst, but feel Wink has the advantage. Williams had to move up to 160 from his normal 147. It's tougher to move up- the extra weight slows you down and the power isn't quite there when dealing with a vet at that level. William's 10 inch reach advantage makes things interesting, but Wink's the defense king with this forearm shields. Williams fought a little more than 4 months ago while it's been close to 2 years since Wink got in the ring. Wink is 37, Williams is 10 years his junior. We'll just have to find out tonight. All I know is that I'm excited.
The undercard is a treat too featuring heavyweights Chris "The Nippy Nip" Arreloa vs. Jameel McCline. Arreola is a beast from East LA and one of the most touted heavyweights on the rise. He's 26-0 and should be Joe Girardi status once the night's over or better yet, Yankee championships following this season status.
HBO at 10 pm. If you can tune in at 8 catch "Thrilla in Manilla" a documentary on the epic battle and rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Paul The Punisher Williams' Greatest Hits courtesy of HBO
Winky Wright's Greatest Hits courtesy of HBO