JOHN WRIGHT
JOHN WRIGHT

Boxing gets it Wright

By STEVE SPINKS

IN a vote of confidence from the International Boxing Federation, Lennox Head judge and referee John Wright has been named as an official for two world title fights within a week.

Last month, Wright was forced to defend his decision to stop the IBF super featherweight world championship fight between American Nate Campbell and Australian Robbie Peden in Melbourne.

The fight was stopped when Campbell was on the receiving end of a barrage of more than 10 punches in a row.

Afterwards, Campbell accus-ed the 62-year-old referee of being biased towards Peden.

But the IBF decision-makers obviously disagreed with the brash American.

Tomorrow, Wright will be one of three judges when the Armenian-born Australian Vic Darchinyan defends his IBF world flyweight belt in Sydney.

Darchinyan, who fought for Armenia at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, will take on South African Mzukisi Sikali in defending the title he won last December.

From there, the Lennox Head official will fly to Indonesia to referee Muhammed Rachman's defence of his IBF world mini-flyweight title against Thailand's Fahlan Sakreerin on April 2.

According to Wright, he has been told the Rachman fight will be taxing, especially since it will involve a lengthy journey to get to Rachman's home village, which is where the bout will be held.

"I got a good report from my superviser after the Peden fight," Wright said.

"They must have been pretty happy because two world titles in a week is unheard of for me."

It's been a whirlwind five months for the former welterweight.

Including the two upcoming bouts, Wright will have officiated at six world championship fights in five months.

He's been involved with Rachman twice, Darchinyan, Peden and Russian-born Australian-based powerhouse Kostya Tszyu.

Part of the reason for his elevation to top fights is the exposure Australian boxing is receiving at the moment.

"There are so many guys challenging," Wright said.

"I know there are a couple of Aussies fighting for titles in the United States and England down the track, but I don't know if I'll get them.

"Usually the local commissions like to run their own show."

But it seems the Wright decision keeps getting made.



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