Tuesday, September 26, 2023  |


Junior Wright: Always on the grind

Fighters Network
He works at Home Depot, the one in Evanston, Illinois, and is an unassuming, amiable employee.
He helps you pick the right color paint and the right amount for your home decor project.
And his mind sometimes drifts.
To a ring…against another fighter, another cruiserweight…and in his daydream, they are fighting and his skills are superior.
And they go to the scorecards and he stands center ring and hears, “And the newwwww…”
And Junior Wright smiles, resets himself and goes to look for that perfect shade of green for Mrs. Jones.
Wright, a 14-1-1 (11 knockouts) cruiserweight, will fight Saturday night in Detroit, on a card titled “Detroit Brawl,” first in a series from Brooklyn-based promoter Dmitriy Salita.
He meets Pennsylvanian Chris Stallworth (9-3, 3 KOs) at the Masonic Temple, in downtown Detroit. “I don’t know much about my opponent but, when I go in the ring, after the first round, I know what to do,” said the 29-year-old Wright.
And what has he been up to, since his last fight, last August, a win over Harvey Jolly on ESPN3? “Working and staying active in the gym. I am always staying in shape, staying focused. My plans for 2016 include fighting for a world title or breaking in the Top 10 by the summer.”
I am always impressed by boxers grinding on a 9-to-5 and juggling their dream to ascend into the pro pugilism realm. How does the Illinois boxer deal? “By not having any kids or getting married. When I’m not at work, I’m always in the gym. Not getting married anytime soon, I am just enjoying single life. I got enough on my hands.”
See the hands for yourself Saturday (7 p.m. ET) if you are in the Detroit area or watch on GFL.TV. I will sit in the blow-by-blow seat next to analyst Javan “Sugar” Hill.
Michael Woods juggles various gigs too. RingTV.com contributor. Owner of NYFights.com. Blow-by-blow guy. Seat warmer.



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