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

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.

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."

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.