St. Petersburg's Winky Wright picked the wrong guy to fight if he wanted to make one final run at a world title.
Paul Williams was too strong, too fast and too busy Saturday in Las Vegas, dominating Wright in capturing their middleweight fight by unanimous decision.
It was the worst loss of Wright's career, and his second straight after losing to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007.
The three judges scored it 119-109 twice and 120-108 for Williams, meaning two judges gave Wright one round and that was it.
Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) fought for the first time in 629 days.
Williams smothered Wright and took over from the second round on. When Wright threw a punch or two, Williams countered with 10 in return.
"He was real tall and awkward and long,'' Wright said of Williams, who was 3 inches taller and had a 10-inch reach advantage. "I was coming off a 21-month layoff and my timing was a little off, but it was a great fight.''
Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) threw more than 1,000 punches, while Wright had one of the lower outputs of his career, not even throwing half as many.
"He threw a lot of punches and coming from so long a distance it's hard to counter,'' Wright said.
Wright, 37, added, "This definitely ain't my last fight.''
But it remains to be seen who he could fight next, as Williams, a 27-year-old two-time welterweight champion who posed a bad style for Wright, was one of his few choices this time around.