Ronald “Winky” Wright, the former undisputed light middleweight world champion and owner of a 51-6-1 record, has no one to fight.
Less than a year removed from a humbling loss to Paul “The Punisher” Williams, the 38-year-old Wright is looking for his next match.
The problem is not with Wright, who is ready to bounce back from the battering he took from Williams. The problem seems to be finding an agreeable opponent.
This month, he was scheduled to fight Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but the fight was cancelled for unspecified reasons that had to do with the promoters.
The cancellation was a blow for Wright, who, according to Wright’s advisor, Damian Ramirez, was prepared to get back on track against Brewer.
"Winky isn't happy right now," Ramirez said. "He's at 162 [pounds] right now. He's been working his ass off."
Now Wright sits idly in Puerto Rico, waiting for a suitor, while fellow 38-year-old peer Shane Mosley gets mentioned in possible big money matchups with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao.
Mosley, whom Wright defeated twice, already has his fight—a matchup against Andre Berto in January 2010.
With Mosley busy getting ready for Berto, and many of the big name super middleweights engaged in the highly popular Super Six tournament, Wright’s options for a household name fight are dwindling.
His best bet may reside with middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik.
But the problem with Pavlik, who is recovering from a staph infection and subsequent cancellation of his fight with Paul Williams, is that he might not have his sights on Wright.
First, Pavlik must get by Miguel Espino on Dec. 19.
Assuming he wins, Pavlik would prefer to insert himself into discussions with Williams before The Punisher thinks about planning a rematch with Sergio Martinez, whom he fought in what many considered one of the best fights of the year.
The last thing that Pavlik wants is a loss to another aging veteran like the surprising defeat he suffered to Bernard Hopkins in 2008. Wright poses a similar threat.
So, for Wright, who is left?
A logical choice would be Hopkins, whom Wright suffered one of his toughest defeats to in 2007. But Hopkins, fresh off his victory over Enrique Ornelas, seems to have his sights set on at least one more fat payday, and Wright’s name has not come up.
The 44-year-old Hopkins has earned the option to challenge Australian Danny Green, who knocked Roy Jones Jr. silly earlier this month, or he can move up to heavyweight to challenge David Haye.
Neither of these options includes Wright.
Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor might have posed an interesting rematch fight, but Taylor finds himself at a crossroads after suffering a pair of brutal knockouts during the Super Six tournament, in which his promoter Lou DiBella resigned out of fear of promoting a health risk.
So, with Mosley, Pavlik, Hopkins, and Taylor out of the picture, Wright finds himself without a big name to challenge.
He may have to find another small venue Brewer-type of match and hope that one of the big names comes knocking soon.
Or he will quickly find himself on the outside of the sport looking in.