Wright Dominates Quartey, Lacy Struggles Against Tsypko

By Francis Walker
Updated: December 5, 2006

NEW YORK– Highly ranked middleweight contender Winky Wright (53-3-1, 25 KOs) continues to prove that he is one of the best boxers in the world, “pound-for-pound” following his 12-round unanimous decision victory against former welterweight champion, Ike Quartey (37-4-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday.

At 37, Wright remains difficult to hit and continues to throw a lot punches. Wright is not a knockout artist. In fact, less than half of his career fights has ended in a knockout. Wright is simply a boxer.

“A lot of people think I can’t punch,” Wright said afterward. “I can punch.”

Quartey is just the newest name on Wright’s impressive resume. Quartey was once an undefeated WBA welterweight champion in the mid-to-late 90s. Quartey was awesome before key losses to Oscar De La Hoya (L 12, 1999) and Fernando Vargas (L 12, 2000). Quartey retired from boxing in 2000. After launching a successful comeback as a middleweight, Wright ended Quartey’s hopes of fighting for a world championship.

Wright has two consecutive victories over Sugar Shane Mosley, a one-sided thrashing of Felix Trinidad, and many believed Wright was robbed in June when his middleweight championship fight against Jermain Taylor ended in a draw.

Quartey had the perfect style for Wright. Similar to Trinidad , Quartey has a mean left jab and moves forward. Wright didn’t have to do too much moving around the ring to fgind an opening. All Wright needed to do was find a way around Quartey’s left jabs. Not only did Wright had Quartey’s style figured out, but Wright’s game plan of allowing Quartey to come forward and counter with combinations was a very intelligent move.

Wright is known for punching volume, not punching power. However, Wright showed some fierce zap in his punches when he knocked Quartey down in the second round. A well-timed right hand to the body from Wright put Quartey, an elite boxer in his prime, on the canvas.

Wright knocked Quartey down once more the seventh round. One of Quartey’s gloves touched the mat after Wright landed a stiff right jab to Quartey’s chin.

Shameless to say, Wright executed a boxing clinic in front of over 13,000 his hometown supporters at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa , Florida .

I addition to allowing Quartey to move forward and waste punches, Wright did pressure Quartey with consistency throughout the fight. Wright simply had too much skill for Quartey. Wright blocked many of Quartey’s shots. Wright landed the more effective punches and neutralized Quartey’s left jab – arguably his best punch throughout his career.

All three judges scored the bout for Wright: 117-110 (twice) and 117-109.

Jeff Lacy Struggles

Former undefeated IBF super middleweight champion, Jeff Lacy struggled in his first fight since losing to WBO/IBF 168-pound champion Joe Calzaghe in March.

Lacy (22-1, 17 KOs) struggled during his 10-round majority decision win over a sturdy Vitali Tsypko (17-2, 10 KOs ). The judges scored the fight 96-94 (twice) and 95-95 even.

Prior to meeting Calzaghe, Lacy was the aggressive power puncher. When Lacy was world champion, He applied relentless pressure against his opponents. Lacy was a shark swimming in bloody water surrounded wounded civilians.

During the Calzaghe fight, Lacy absorbed a lot of punishment. He took a brutal beating which raised questions as to whether a young, dominant fight like Lacy could comeback from such a punishing defeat.

Lacy was in no rush to re turn to the ring, as he fought for the first time in more than nine months since the Calzaghe fight. Against Tsypko, Lacy was not necessarily the confident and aggressive power punching machine he was before he fought Calzaghe.

From the opening round, Lacy appeared to have gotten off to a good start. Lacy was confident, he landed some hard punches, and did not appear to be bothered by Tsypko. Lacy won a few rounds, but almost became a different fighter once his opponent established his jab in the middle rounds.

Tsypko nearly pulled off an upset when he snapped Lacy’s head backwards and staggered him in the later rounds. Lacy appeared frustrated and became a one-punch fighter once the fight progressed into the final stages.

There are a lot of questions as to whether Lacy can return to the world championship caliber fighter he once was. Usually, fighters who have enjoyed a successful knockout run prior to suffering their first stunning defeat usually are not the same fighter they once were.

Lacy is still an exciting fighter as proven in his close and exciting battle with Tsypko. Lacy’s return journey to the top will be an exciting for sure.

Taylor-Ouma Middleweight Title Clash

Undefeated world middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor returns home to defend his world middleweight championship against Kassim Ouma this Saturday night at Alltell Arena in Little Rock , AK .

Taylor continues to take one tough fight after another. In 2005, Taylor, a 2000 U.S. Olympic bronze medal champion, won two 12-round decisions against Bernard Hopkins to end his middleweight title legacy. This year, Taylor fought former undisputed world junior middleweight champion, Winky Wright to a 12-round draw.

Next up, Taylor must face Ouma (25-2-1, 15KOs), a former champion at 154 pounds who is known for throwing a lot of punches and moving forward. Ouma will look to pressure the Taylor in the champion’s own backyard. In Ouma’s last fight in August at the Theater of Madison Square Garden, he easily outclassed Brooklyn’s Sechew Powell through 10 rounds.

Taylor ’s frequent acceptance of difficult world title challenges may have appeared to have taken its toll in his last bout against Wright. Many observers believe that Wright should have won the decision. With Wright having defeated Ike Quartey recently and the rise of Edison Miranda, Taylor ’s title reign does not appear to get any easier.