By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
Head trainer Rick Wilson has the strangest reason for his world ranked cruiserweight, Junior Anthony Wright, to fight Garrett Wilson for the vacant World Boxing Organization WBO NABO Cruiserweight title this spring. This reason is a unique reason for a pro bout.
Rick Wilson stated in an interview with Real Combat Media “I like Junior versus Garrett Wilson. Sounds exciting. We want to fight Garrett Wilson because he has the same last name as me.”
In an exclusive interview, Rick Wilson and Garrett Wilson agreed in principle to a vacant WBO NABO cruiserweight bout, Junior Wright versus Garrett Wilson, which will serve as a 12 round eliminator bout for a WBO cruiserweight world title shot. This would be against against the winner of southpaw WBO World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, 11-0, 10 knockouts, Kiev, Ukraine, the 2012 Olympic Games Heavyweight Gold Medalist in London, versus Mike Hunter, the current WBO NABO Cruiserweight title holder, 12-0 with 8 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada. Hunter is the son of heavyweight Mike ‘The Bounty’ Hunter. Usyk versus Hunter is scheduled to take place on April 8, 2017, at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland. Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his WBO World Supr Featherweight title against WBO titleholder Jason Sosa on the same card.
Junior Anthony Wright, 16-2-1 with 13 knockouts, Evanston, Illinois, promoted by Dmitriy Salita, has already fought a WBA world title bout with Beibut Shumanov in 2016, and a vacant IBO title fight with Rakhim Chakhiev in 2015. A world title bout against the winner of Usyk versus Hunter could be the biggest payday of his career. Wilson, a short powerful gatekeeper spoiler, 17-12-1 with nine knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a former USBA and NABF Cruiserweight titleholder who has fearlessly fought unbeaten fighters 10 times.
Robert Brizel: “Why do you want this fight?”
Garrett Wilson: “I am open to the possibility of fighting some of the best competition possible.”
Robert Brizel: “Why do you feel the WBO NANBO Cruiserweight belt is a valuable belt?”
Garrett Wilson: “The WBO NABO is one of the premier belts of all of the national title belts.”
Robert Brizel: “Do you think your ring experience gives you an advantage against Junior Wright?”
Garrett Wilson: “I feel anything I hit, I hurt! I think my experience is extremely dangerous.”
Robert Brizel: Have you seen Junior Wright fight?”
Garrett Wilson: “Yes. He’s an extremely skilled fighter. I think it would be a good challenge for him to fight me, although I think my experience will determine the fight.”
Robert Brizel: “Garrett, you have taken fights all over the world fearlessly at cruiserweight and heavyweight. Why?”
Garrett Wilson: “For the love of the sport (of boxing). I enjoy what I do, and I feel to truly be a competitor you have to fight all over the world, even thouh (foreign bouts) it is out of your comfort zone.”
Robert Brizel: “Garrett, make a prediction in your bout against Junior Wright.”
Garrett Wilson: “I will wear him down, and knock him out late! Not too many people can deal with my power. Most American fighters are afraid to fight me.”
Rick Wilson: “You’ll be lucky to get past the fifth or sixth round against my fighter Junior Wright, when you feel his power!”
Robert Brizel: “Garrett, what would you like to say to Wright’s promoter Dmitriy Salita?”
Garrett Wilson: “Make it happen! Anywhere. (In) Detroit? That’s fine. I go into people’s backyard on a regular basis and destroy them. Going into someone’s backyard (to fight them) doesn’t mean much to me.”
Robert Brizel: “Why do you think Junior Wright versus Garrett Wilson is exciting?”
Rick Wilson: “Garrett is built like a Sherman tank. All muscle, hard punches, and durable. My guy Junior Wright has speed and power. Garrett’s got power like Mike Tyson. This WBO NABO fight could last a tough 12 rounds and would be a real challenge. People don’t want to fight Garrett because he’s a spoiler. We will. Garrett Wilson has a reputation. He goes the distance with top fighters. Garrett Wilson is a better version of Grover Young, who is an overblown super middleweight who has the element of danger most avoid. Garrett Wilson is a legitimate cruiserweight challenger.”
Sportswriter Robert Brizel believes Garrett Wilson will be an education for Junior Wright and will take him ‘to school’, but ultimately Junior Wright will emerge victorious by 12 round decision in an action packed WBO NABO thriller of a bout.