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Will victory land Wright an Oscar?

TAMPA -- Winky Wright can't predict his future. He just hopes it includes a fight against Oscar De La Hoya.

"We definitely want Oscar," the former world junior middleweight champion said after winning a 12-round unanimous middleweight decision over longtime friend Ike Quartey Saturday night.

"He's got to fight Floyd Mayweather and I'd love to have the winner of that just to prove I am one of the best fighters of the decade."

De La Hoya, co-promoter of the Wright-Quartey bout, is scheduled to face Mayweather for De La Hoya's 154-pound title next May.

By beating Quartey, Wright also is in a position to keep pursuing a rematch with middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who retained his titles in June with a draw against Wright.

"Jermain or whoever wants to fight, I'm willing to fight," said the 35-year-old Wright.

Wright has been unable to arrange a second fight with Taylor, who will defend his crown Friday against Kassim Ouma.

"Boxing is not baseball or football," said Wright. "It's great for me to have my career for as long as I have -- 16 or 17 years. I'm blessed. I want to make the most money I can and when it's time to quit, it's time to quit."

Wright's request for a 50-50 share of the purse for a rematch has been rejected by Taylor's camp, which is insisting on a 60-40 split.

Regardless, Wright (51-3-1) said his dominant performance against Quartey (37-4-1) reiterates that he's still one of the best boxers in the game. He knocked down his old friend in the second round and won easily on the cards of all three judges.

For a time, he looked like he might even be able to get his first knockout in more than four years.

Wright threw a career-high 1,011 punches, landing 269, while Quartey connected on 174 of his 642 punches.

"I was definitely trying to close the show, but he's a tough fighter," said Wright, who's known the 37-year-old Quartey since the early 1990s, when both were young boxers competing in France.

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