Date: 2nd February 2002
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA
Title: IBF World Super-welterweight Title
Promoted by: Square Ring Inc
( 42 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 153 1/4 lbs
( 34 - 6 - 1 )
Weight: 149 1/2 lbs
Four months after winning the IBF world super-welterweight title against Robert Frazier in a vacant title match, Ronald 'Winky' Wright made his first defence against Jason Papillion at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
This was Wright's second reign as a world super-welterweight champion having held the WBO title he took from Bronko McKart in May 1996 and defended on three occasions before losing it in South Africa to Namibian Harry Simon.
Papillion (34-6-1) from Broussard, Louisiana fell behind from the start and never got to grips with Wright's slippery southpaw stance, eventually retreating to the ropes where the champion pounded away to body and head until in the 5th round he rocked the challenger on several occasions. When Papillion failed to fight back referee William Connors stepped in to save Papillion at 2:44 of the round.