I want to take this opportunity to do something of a mea culpa here regarding Dan Birmingham. It seems as though in recounting a story I had written on May 14, prior to the Winky Wright-Felix Trinidad fight, I let the fact that Birmingham had behaved like a worm on a personal level affect my opinion of the job he’s done as trainer of Wright.

The fact is, when you consider where Winky was then (1991) – undisciplined, somewhat lazy and unfocused – and where he is now, which is to say he is a handful for any middleweight in the world, including Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, Birmingham has indeed taken him a long way. And when you saw Wright make Trinidad look ridiculous, with impenetrable defense and just enough pinpoint punching, making Trinidad, for all intents and purposes, give up the competitive effort in the second or third round … (continued)

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