Billy Wright insists he’s ready for a crack at Deontay Wilder (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
Those connected to the fight game in Las Vegas are well aware of WBC Latino and FECARBOX heavyweight champion “Bronco” Billy Wright.
The 50-year old Wright (49-4, 38 KO’s) is a fan favorite in the city and has been on a big winning streak in recent times, having captured 20 victories in a row, 17 of them by stoppage, dating back to his 2007 comeback. Now ranked #20 by the WBC, Wright insists he is ready for a crack at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO’s).
Wilder is slated for a Jan. 16 ring return in Brooklyn, New York, and Wright feels the time is now for him to step up.
“No one can deny that I’ve earned the right to fight Deontay Wilder for his WBC title,” said Wright. “I’ve been ranked in the top 20 with the WBC for the last three years. This is the American Dream for a fighter like myself who’s been waiting patiently to get an opportunity to fight for a world championship. I’ve paid my dues and I’m ready to take on this challenge.”
Wright’s agent Ivaylo Gotzev believes we could be seeing history in the making.
“There is no reason why this fight shouldn’t happen,” stated Gotzev. “From the day that Billy made his comeback till now, he’s made a believer out of me with everything that he’s accomplished. This is America where everyone should have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams, that’s what makes this country great. The man is active having just fought last month.
“Age should not be a factor,” Gotzev continued. “If George Foreman and Bernard Hopkins can fight at the championship level in their latter years, then the networks should not have a double standard when it comes to Bronco Billy. He wants to raise the bar and become the oldest heavyweight champ in boxing history. He currently holds two WBC belts which makes him more than qualified. There should be no discrimination in this matter. Billy is ready to fight Wilder now!”
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