Ike Quartey says he will be the first man to stop Ronald 'Winky' Wright this weekend. The Bazooka has no intention of leaving it to the judges when he takes on the experienced southpaw in his Florida backyard this weekend. Quartey is adamant he was robbed against Vernon Forrest in his last fight in May, when he lost the 10-rounder to a unanimous decision.
He is still fuming about the scoring and although Wright's three losses in 54 fights have all come by way of the scorecards, Bazooka is convinced he can avoid similar disappointment on Saturday night.
"They robbed me in my last fight," he told the Ghana Journal. "Everyone knows I beat him (Forrest) and they gave him the decision. "I won't let it happen again. There will be no decision. I will knock him (Wright) out."
Quartey, who is four fights into his comeback after a five-year absence, will be stepping up to middleweight, hoping for a crack at current undisputed champion Jermain Taylor if he wins. This fight is seen as an eliminator, but will be the Bazooka's first at middleweight. He was world welterweight champion between 1994 and 1999, then lost his one crack at light-middle glory against Fernando Vargas in 2000.
That led to almost five years out of the ring, but since returning - at light-middle - he has beaten Clint McNeil, Verno Phillips and Carlos Bojorquez, the last two on points