The former undisputed middleweight champion of the world Ronald "Winky" Wright has agreed to face European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin in the co-main event of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Erik Morales Golden Boy PPV event on April 9. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The return marks the end of a two year layoff for Wright, who hasn't fought since being shut out by Paul Williams in April 2009. He lost a unanimous decision in that fight, and many questioned how much he had left in the sport after losing so decisively.
He didn't appear to be as hungry for the victory in the Williams fight as he was previously in his career. For him to sign the contract for this fight answers how bad he wants a crack at the top of the division again.
There will still be many questions going into this fight, and boxing fans will hope to get some answers. Macklin has a record of 28-2 and is on an 11 fight win streak. He finds himself in a similar position Wright was in during the middle of his career as he seeks recognition in the boxing community by taking fights with dangerous opponents nobody thinks he can beat.
Macklin will be the underdog going into this fight, but if he is able to pull off the victory, he will have made a claim to challenge any of the top boxers in the division including Sergio Martinez and Kelly Pavlik.
Wright has been on the search of a comeback fight for over a year. This included a fight with Grady Brewer in December of 2009 and fights with Martinez and Pavlik in 2010. Wright was unable to get a date with Martinez or Pavlik, but a win over Macklin may put him back in the mix as a challenger to face both of them, and they may be more willing to accept the fight.
The middleweight division is fairly open right now, especially when it comes to those looking for fights with Martinez, Pavlik and Williams. This fight could very well determine who the next challenger is for those three fighters.
The PPV event that features this bout is shaping up to be a pretty decent event. Contracts still have yet to be signed for the main event between Marquez and Morales, but it will be finalized in the coming days as the negotiations are settled.