‘Winky’ Wright Defends IBF Title
MIAMI (AP) _ Ronald ``Winky″ Wright stopped challenger Jason Papillion in the fifth round to keep his IBF junior middleweight championship Saturday.
Wright (43-3, 25 knockouts) opened a cut over the right eye of Papillion (34-7-1) by the second round.
In the fifth, Wright, of Tampa, followed a devastating right-left combination to Papillion’s head by landing six straight punches before the fight was stopped with 2:44 elapsed in the round.
``When I threw the one-two, he froze,″ Wright said. ``I went after him since I knew I had him.″
Papillion, of Broussard, La., landed just 17 percent of his punches and allowed Wright to dictate the pace of the bout.
Wright is a protege of Roy Jones Jr., who was scheduled to face Australian Glen Kelly later Saturday.
Also on the undercard, Clifford Etienne, 23-1 with 17 knockouts, stopped Gabe Brown (11-2) at 2:57 of the seventh round in a heavyweight match.