Winky Wright had not lost a fight in his last 13 fights, in fact he had not lost since December 1999, over seven years. Tonight, he tasted defeat for the first time since then as he lost a unanimous decision to “The Executioner” Bernard Hopkins.
Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) came out of retirement for this fight to fight the 35 year-old Wright (51-4-1). Now at the age of 42, Hopkins’ retirement last year came after 21 consecutive middleweight title defenses, then moving up a weight to light heavyweight where he beat the champion Antonio Tarver.
It was a pretty action packed fight, both fighters took turns pressing the action with Wright starting strong and Hopkins finishing well. Both showed why they are considered some of the best defensive and counter fighters of all time. Wright began to bleed over his left eye in the third round due to an accidental headbutt and Hopkins targeted it for the rest of the fight. After the fight Wright said:
“I won the fight. It was a dirty fight. He was head-butting all day. I still want to fight the best. I thought I won the fight, but it was a close fight.”
Wright landed 167 of 618 shots
Hopkins landed 152 of 640 punches
Glenn Throwbridge: 117-111 for Hopkins
Dave Moretti: 117-111 for Hopkins
Glenn Hamada: 116-112 for Hopkins