By Rick Reeno
A source close to Winky Wright informed BoxingScene.com that a possible rematch with Jermain Taylor is something Wright would consider for a November date on HBO. Taylor is "techincally" still scheduled to face his former Olympic teammate, Jeff Lacy, on the tentative date of November 15. A deal for Taylor-Lacy was reached on Wednesday, but the fight quickly stalled when Lacy announced his retirement the following day. Lacy would later tell Florida reporters that his unexpected retirement is due to a dispute with Golden Boy Promotions over his purse for the fight with Taylor. The purse amount is $550,000, which Lacy called an "insult."
Wright and Taylor fought to a controversial draw in 2006. Negotiations for a rematch fell apart on more than one occasion over money. Both sides accused the other for demanding too much of the split.
This time the major stumbling block in making a Taylor-Wright rematch is not the money - but the weight. Wright has been inactive since he lost a decision to Bernard Hopkins last July at the catch-weight of 170-pounds. He doesn't want to fight at 168-pounds and would rather take a fight closer to his target weight of 160. No longer able to make the middleweight limit, Taylor has made an official move to super middleweight. His last fight, a rematch with Kelly Pavlik, took place at 166.
"Winky would take that fight, but not at 168. If not middleweight then maybe at a catch-weight of 164-pounds," the source would state.
Wright is currently in talks for a possible fight with WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams. If a deal is reached, Williams would move up two weight divisions to meet Wright at 160. More than one source has told BoxingScene that a January date has been reserved for Wright by HBO.