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Wright vs Williams

  • Paul Williams celebrates with his son Paul Williams Jr., 6, and boxing promoter Dan Goossen after defeating Winky Wright Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

    Paul Williams: Too good for his own good

    April 12, 2009

    Paul Williams dismantled Winky Wright Saturday night at Mandalay Bay. But in doing so, the unheralded southpaw may have only added substantial creditability to his title of being boxing's most avoided fighter. "There is nobody we wouldn't fight," said Williams' promoter Dan Goossen said. "This was a risky fight and he came out, as far as I'm concerned, as the elite pound-for-pound fighter in the world today."

  • NABF heavyweight champ Chris Arreola celebrates his fourth-round KO victory over Jameel McCline Saturday night.

    Arreola’s personality matches his punches

    April 12, 2009

    Chris Arreola kept his undefeated record perfect and added another victim to his knockout list when he stopped veteran Jameel McCline in the fourth round of their NABF title fight Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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    Willams-Wright

    Paul Williams defeated Winky Wright Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

  • Winky Wright looks off in the distance during a news conference in advance of his Saturday fight against Paul Williams Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Mandalay Bay.

    Wright fights for fallen friend

    April 10, 2009

    Winky Wright has thought of nothing but returning to the ring since October, dedicating himself to training more than at any other point in his career. But when he finally does enter the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday night after nearly two years away from boxing, Wright will allow his mind to wander for 10 long seconds from the challenge lying ahead in Paul Williams.

  • Middleweight boxer Paul Williams poses on the scale during an official weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 10 2009. Williams will face Winky Wright at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, April 11.

    Williams looking to make statement against Wright

    April 11, 2009

    Paul Williams knows he’ll have the reach advantage tonight when he steps into the ring against Winky Wright at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Few can outspan his freakish 82-inch grasp, but the South Carolina native says that’s not the only position of superiority he possesses over the 37-year-old Wright, 10 years his elder. "I'm going to take it to him and make him fight," said Williams, who said age could be a factor in the fight.

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    Wright-Williams Weigh-In

  • Blog: Sports: Upon Further Review

    Wright, Williams hug it out at weigh-in

    With a row of media photographers waiting for the signature stare-down pose between Winky Wright and Paul Williams, the two "most avoided boxers" in the sport did the exact opposite. They smiled, laughed and even ... hugged?

  • Chris Arreola laughs during a news conference in advance of his Saturday fight against Jameel McCline Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Mandalay Bay.

    Heavyweight Arreola ready for his name to carry weight

    April 9, 2009

    Casual boxing fans may have no idea who Chris Arreola is, but the Los Angeles native’s camp says after Saturday night “The Nightmare” will be a haunting face in what has been a faceless heavyweight division.

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    Wright-Williams Media Day

    Former two-time world champ Winky Wright and two division world champ Paul Williams answer questions at a news conference on Thursday, April 9, 2009 in preparation for their middleweight bout Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

  • Promoter Dan Goosen speaks during a news conference in advance of the Saturday Winky Wright Paul Williams fight Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Mandalay Bay.

    Fighters promise active, offensive bout

    April 10, 2009

    Winky Wright, once a mainstay atop the rankings of boxing’s best fighters pound-for-pound, returns to the ring to face Paul Williams in a matchup of talented southpaws with unorthodox styles.

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Bernard Hopkins, left, and Winky Wright exchange blows during their light heavyweight fight in July 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was the last professional fight for Wright, who returns to the ring April 11 to face Paul Williams.

    Winky Wright: Feared, respected and often avoided

    March 26, 2009

    Boxing promoter Richard Schaeffer slipped into hyperbole when discussing the April 11 middleweight fight between Winky Wright and Paul Williams, describing them as the most feared fighters not in the sport but “on the planet.”