Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/27/14

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 2: Winky Wright looks on against Ike Quartey after a middleweight fight at the St. Pete Times Forum on December 2, 2006 in Tampa, Florida. Wright won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Former light middleweight champion Winky Wright has retired. The 40-year-old Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs) lost his first fight in three years last Saturday, dropping a unanimous decision to Peter ''Kid Chocolate'' Quillin at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Wright had fought just once since losing to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007. He hasn't won a bout since December 2006, going 1-3-1 in his last five fights. Wright's co-promoter announced his retirement Tuesday. Wright was one of the best defensive fighters of his era, using discipline and strategy to block punches with his so-called ''turtle shell'' defense. The St. Petersburg, Fla., boxer began his career frequently fighting in Europe, but he reigned at 154 pounds from 2001-04, earning wins over Sugar Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad. Mosley formally retired Monday.
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