Mr. Ronald Lamont 'Winky' Wright was a former light middleweight world champion and
is now a current
He won his first major boxing championship when scoring a unanimous decision over
Robert Frazier in 2001. After winning a series of fights with boxers such as Modey
and Trinidad, Wright experienced his firstloss with
Bernard Hopkins in more than 8 years. After a 21 month hiatus, Wright fought Paul
Williams on April 1 1 , 2009 at the Mandalay Bay in LA, which he lost as well. CRM
was able to sit down with Winky Wright for an
interview to discuss his career, his thoughts on his fight with Williams and his
other endeavors besides boxing.
CRM: Have you always wanted to box growing up?
WW: Yes, as a kid because I played all of the other sports like basketball, football,
and baseball. I was a fighter as a kid but I was intrigued by the gloves, which I
knew was the professional way. I kept fighting but it didn't get serious until I
moved to Florida when I was 16. That's when I started training and then I won the
golden gloves and the rest became history.
CRM: Where were you born and raised?
WW: I was born in Washington DC and grew up there until my grandfather decided to
move back to his hometown in Florida. At the beginning, I hated the move because
I was iust in high school and I had all of my friends in DC that I would be leaving.
As a kid it was hard for the change. But then it all worked out for the better. That
is where I started boxing .
CRM: Winky, you are one of my favorite boxers. What do you think was the factor in
your last fight - age or your layoff?
WW: Age was not a factor. I believe it was the time off from boxing because when
you stop doing something for a period of time, you try to jump right back at it.
You are not going to be as sharp as you once was. For instance, you are a reporter
and you stop for a while and you get a call from Oprah to do an interview. You are
not going to be your best.
CRM: I totally agree with you. Now, do you think it would be a rematch with Paul
WW: First of all, he is a good fighter. I really don't see the need because he has
a style that is so complex and he is very tall. That is not a good fight for me.
I need to fight someone that is not so tall and have such a long reach.
CRM: How do you balance your family life with your career?
WW: For me, I have always been a family person. I had kids when I was young and they
have always kept me
grounded. I keep them with me because they keep me level headed. In this business
and in life period, some people don't understand the importance of family structure.
There are some people that get some money or win a title and think they are better
than someone else. When you have kids and you are true to your family, it will keep
you focused because they are always going to look at you as daddy. I am grateful
for my kids and like doing things with them.
CRM: What other ventures you are doing outside of the ring?
WW: I am involved in real estate. I own a lot of complex houses. I am involved with
the Urban Youth Racing School which teaches kids about building cars, fixing them,
and racing them. Kids in our community think that the only thing they can do is p.
la-y basketball, football, and baseball. I know there are a lot of kids that like
to drive. My son loves driving his little race go carts. So I am involved with this
organization to teach kids about NASCAR racing.