By Ted Sares - Despite a partisan crowd, and the fact referee Joe Cortez missed Winky Wright’s constant holding tactics (blaming Paul Williams instead), it was crystal clear Wright had no answer whatsoever for the buzzsaw style of Williams. The Punisher’s constant onslaught made it virtually impossible for Winky to counter which is his stock in trade. The onslaught included constant jabs followed by uppercuts, savage body shots and atypically excellent right hooks (that is, atypically for a southpaw)..
Article posted on 12.04.2009
With remarkable stamina and punch volume, Williams stepped up the pace even more in the ninth and brought some serious punishment down on Winky whose face was swollen and breaking up. In the tenth, Paul perpetrated a beating on Wright despite Emanuel Steward constantly saying how determined Wright was, a strange comment for a fighter who was taking a pure beat down.
Incredibly, a smiling Punisher was not even winded going into the last stanza, while Winky, now facing the possible abyss of retirement, needed to let it all hang out. Williams, however, closed the show the way he started it, resoundly.
The judges had it 119-109 twice and 120-108. I had it 120-108
Make no mistake; Paul Williams (now 37-1) will be a major problem for any fighter--Pavlik, Abraham, or any of the welterweights if he goes back down. As for Winky, I think he still has a few good fights left.
POSTSCRIPT: Rest in Peace Artie Curry