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Talk about a tune-up, couldn't he have at least come up with a somewhat recognizable name?

Wright's year-plus layoff from ring will end Dec. 4

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com


Winky Wright is finally getting back to work.

The former undisputed junior middleweight champion and top middleweight contender, idle since losing a decision to Bernard Hopkins in a 170-pound catch-weight fight in July 2007, said Wednesday he will return to action Dec. 4 to headline a Versus-televised card.

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Several sources from Golden Boy Promotions, which works closely with Wright and will promote the card, told ESPN.com they are finalizing the television deal with Versus and a site for the fight, which likely will be in Washington state.

Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs), a top 10-ranked pound-for-pound fighter for the past several years until his long layoff, likely will face Michi Munoz (21-2, 14 KOs), who won his last fight but was soundly beaten in three rounds by junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan in February.

"I'm on board," Wright said. "It's time to get back in there."

Wright said he would fight at approximately 165 pounds and eventually return to the 160-pound middleweight division, where he hopes to challenge for a title.

The fight is designed for Wright to shake off the rust of the layoff. A win will propel him into a bigger fight on HBO, which is committed to putting him on a card in February or March.

"I just need to get back in the mix," said Wright, who has agreed to fight for relatively short money after turning down several seven-figure fights the past couple of years. "I just need to get back in shape, get in the ring and fight somebody and show people that I can still do this, and then move on."

The Dec. 4 date is key for Versus, which is making a big push in boxing. On the same night as Wright's fight, the fourth season of boxing reality series, "The Contender," is scheduled to premiere.

Wright, who has two wins against Shane Mosley and also has beaten prominent opponents such as Felix Trinidad and Ike Quartey, said he realizes the only way to get the bigger fights he wants -- such as a possible match with middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham -- is to be active.

"We're going to do this fight on the Versus network, get a fight in, come out looking good and then in February or March get back on HBO," he said. "I know this fight isn't paying much money, but this isn't about money this time. I just want to get back out there. I'll take the pay cut just to get back in the mix."
 

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Yes!!! Finally Winky is coming back. He needs a good tune up and this is it, he needs to get back down to 160 and this is his way down. I'm happy because atleast my man Winky is back.
 

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Yes!!! Finally Winky is coming back. He needs a good tune up and this is it, he needs to get back down to 160 and this is his way down. I'm happy because at least my man Winky is back.
How long before he's inactive again though?
 

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Imo he should move to 168, lot of good fight for him there. Kessler, Bute and ofc the rematch with Taylor.
 

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I'm glad to see Winky back. He shouldn't fight above 160 though. At 160 or less he's a class A fighter.
I disagree, just because he lost to Bernard at 170 doesn't mean he's not A class above 160. He didn't look as mobile, but he's still class there, if he wasn't A class there he wouldve been almost shutout like Pavlik.
About damn time he got back in there. I thought he would come back at 168 but 160 is fine with me. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Abraham.
That's most likely his next fight. HBO had to guarantee Winky a fight for early 2009, but they're rejecting every middleweight opponent, except Abraham. Since Pavlik is fighting Rubio next early 09, this is probably a go. But if Abraham doesn't want it Kessler and Taylor are a go.
 

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I'm glad to see Winky back, and I can't wait to watch him fight again. I hope he doesn't take this guy lightly and just do enough to win. I want to see him back in top form, but I doubt we will see that in this fight.

Winky-Abraham is the fight that needs to be made next.
 

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I'm actualy glad he is comming back. At least he is, and "kinda" soon.

Well, I dont know what hes been doing but I just want to watch him again, then against a good opponent like Abraham or someone at 168.
 

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why haha, both only fight when the other comes to them, it would be a stand off for 12 rounds
Winky walks fighters down if they go backwards...look at the Taylor fight. He dominated that fight as he pushed Taylor back to the ropes.

Him vs Abraham will let us know how good Abraham really is. I hope he wins so he can get a fight with Pavlik next.
 

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Winky walks fighters down if they go backwards...look at the Taylor fight. He dominated that fight as he pushed Taylor back to the ropes.

Him vs Abraham will let us know how good Abraham really is. I hope he wins so he can get a fight with Pavlik next.
He did push Taylor back to the ropes, and walked Hopkins down. But he still does not do much when he does and looks worse doing it. although Winky makes alot of exciting fighters seem boring. As much as i liked Winky at 154 i really dont want to see him fight anyone because it wont be good to watch
 

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Winky isn't as boring as people make out, especially over the last couple of years. Im just glad to see Winky back in action, Abraham-Winky could be a bit of a stinker but id love to see Winky fight Taylor again, i loved that fight.
 

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Winky isn't as boring as people make out, especially over the last couple of years. Im just glad to see Winky back in action, Abraham-Winky could be a bit of a stinker but id love to see Winky fight Taylor again, i loved that fight.
So would I. Hopefully he will. It's one of the best fights to be made atm.
 
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