By Rick Reeno
It appears that the proposed March 19th matchup between Felix Trinidad and Winky Wright will not go forward. Don King said that he gave Wright a final offer of $4 million (double of the biggest purse he ever received) which was turned down. Wright was not pleased with the purse split, Wright felt that since he had the belts he should get a bigger chunk of cash. Someone should inform Mr. Wright that this bout is at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds where he is not a champion and his belts are meaningless.
Wright also said that there was not enough time to prepare for a March fight.
"I've been trying to keep it alive, but it looks like this opportunity will pass him [Wright] by. Winky called me up and asked for this fight. He had been lobbying for this fight through the media and over the Internet for years. Now he has it and won't take it. I don't know what his hesitation is. If he doesn't want to fight, then he just needs to say he doesn't want to fight Tito and we can all move on ... This offer won't be on the table for long.'' King said to writer Anwar Richardson.
"Winky will not fight in March. It's too soon after his last fight. He wanted to enjoy the holiday with his family and take some time. There is a chance the fight can still go on, but I will have to talk to Don King when I get back to the U.S [from Thailand].'' said promoter Gary Shaw.
King said that he is looking at either Felix Sturm or Bernard Hopkins as opponents for Trinidad.