LAS VEGAS -- Winky Wright became the latest addition to
Golden Boy Promotions' group of fighters Saturday night, joining
his own promotion company to Oscar De La Hoya's growing enterprise.
Winky Promotions announced an alliance with Golden Boy, which
promoted Sugar Shane Mosley's sixth-round TKO of Fernando Vargas.
De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins are the public faces of Golden Boy,
with its oft-stated plan of financial transparency and post-career
support for fighters.
"This is a big step for Winky Promotions," Wright said. "A
lot of people thought it was going to be a joke, one of those
fly-by-night promotions. We're trying to do the right thing, and
take over the boxing game, and do it the right way."
After Hopkins' retirement, Mosley and featherweight champion
Marco Antonio Barrera are the big names among Golden Boy's 30 solid
fighters -- along with De La Hoya, who still hasn't booked his next
Winky Promotions lists just four fighters on its Web site, so
its primary asset is Wright, who fought middleweight champion
Jermain Taylor to a controversial draw last month in Memphis.
Wright (50-3-1, 25 KOs) hasn't lost since 1999 while fighting
his defensive style, but has employed several promoters during his
career, most recently working with Gary Shaw.
De La Hoya, Hopkins, Mosley and Wright made the announcement
"We're aging as fighters, but we're young as promoters,"
Hopkins said. "Man, ain't they in trouble."