The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former light middleweight champion of the world Ronald “Winky” Wright is confirmed to attend festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“Winky Wright was a great ring technician who met and beat many of the top champions of his era,’” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “It will be a thrill for fans to see him in Canastota for 2015 weekend events.”
Fighting out of St. Petersburg, FL, the slick southpaw compiled a 52-4 amateur record before turning pro in 1990. Wright won the NABF light middleweight title in 1995 before reigns as WBO (1996-98), IBF (2001-2004), WBA (2004-2005) and WBC (2004-2005) champion. During his championship career he registered wins over Bronco McKart, Keith Mullings, Sam Soliman, Ike Quartey, “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Hall of Famer Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Retired since 2012, his pro ledger reads 51-6-1 (25 KOs).
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing stars from the United States and abroad, including “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, Nino Benvenuti, Michael Spinks, “Irish” Micky Ward, William Joppy, Ray Mercer, George Chuvalo, Peter Manfredo Jr., Pipino Cuevas, Ruben Olivares, Buddy McGirt, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor and Carlos Palomino, are scheduled to participate in the weekend.
For more information on the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.