Wright Again!
By Kenny Perrault (November 22, 2004) 
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Undisputed Jr. Middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright and Shane Mosley met in the ring for the second time this past Saturday night. When they first met in March of this year Winky Wright walked away with a rather easy unanimous decision. The win finally catapulted Winky Wright to the top of the Jr. Middleweight division, a spot he had fought hard for.

After the fight Mosley said he felt sluggish and not his usual self in the ring and wanted a rematch. The biggest surprise to most was Mosley firing his trainer, and father Jack Mosley who had trained him from day one. To replace his father Mosley hired Joe Goossen, hoping Joe could once again get him to the top. Leading up to the second fight Shane promised he would be a different fighter from the one we saw in the first fight. So the big question is did things really change? My answer to the question is no. Mosley fought a better fight this time but simply was out worked by the better fighter Winky Wright. Mosley had his moments during the fight, his best came in the fifth round when Winky thought it would be a good idea to drop his hands and let Shane hit him a few times and that’s exactly what Shane did, stunning Wright for a brief moment.

Mosley also worked the body well at times but never fully committed to it. Wright worked behind his jab and let both hands go whenever he wanted to. Wright simply proved he was the better man throughout the 12 rounds. In the end the judges had it scored closer than it appeared to yours truly, with the scores of 114-114 and 115-113 twice.

With the fight behind us questions remain for both fighters. More question marks surround Mosley than Wright. What will he do next? He says he will not drop down to a lower weight class where he was a better fighter and there really isn't a reason for Wright to fight him for a third time. Mosley needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new game plan. As for Wright, the only question mark that surrounds him is who's next? Will it be a fight with Felix Trinidad? Bernard Hopkins? Or maybe Oscar de la Hoya. Regardless of who Wright's next opponent may be, I'm betting on a good fight. With his second win over Shane Mosley Winky Wright improves his record to 48-3 (25 KO's) while Mosley drops his second straight, falling to 39-4 (35 KO's).
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