“Bronco” Billy’s Dream

By Ted Sares on November 12, 2012
“Bronco” Billy’s Dream
Billy dreams of becoming the next George Foreman (for whom he was a sparring partner).

On November 9, 2012, “Bronco” Billy Wright, a street edgy 47-year-old heavyweight out of West Jordan, Utah (who now lives in Las Vegas), beat Bolivian heavyweight champion Saul “El Fenix Asesino” Farah by a second round TKO at the Gimnasio Club Mexico in Santiago de Chile. Before his ring assassination, Saul had been riding a 12-fight undefeated streak and 11 of his wins were by way of stoppage, so the 6-foot-4-inch, 313-pound Billy’s victory was at least a solid one, if not something of an upset.  At stake was Billy’s interim PABA heavyweight title.

Now the oddity of a 47-year-old out of Utah and Las Vegas fighting a Bolivian for a regional title in Chile is weird enough, but things get even stranger as one peels the onion. Bronco (who started his pro career in 1986) was on a 10-fight winning streak and had moved his record to a respectable 39-4, but that steak began in 1999 just after he was KOd by Tony Tucker in Tunica, Mississippi. The streak was interrupted in 1999 when the Utah cowboy retried. According to his website, the likable Billy stepped away from the pressure, politics and traveling in professional boxing to focus more on his family and business interests. With eight kids and eight grand-kids, there understandably was a great demand for his time as the following depicts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVTnguNg_YQ

Billy came back eight years later for just one fight and beat limited Cornell Davis in Las Vegas; he then “retired” again for four years. However, a persevering Wright came back in 2011 to ice one Octavius Davis in North Carolina. Bronco then journeyed to Auckland, New Zealand in 2012 to have some fun by decking 49-year-old Harry Funmaker three times in round one and capturing the interim PABA heavyweight title. Strangely enough Funmaker is from Wisconsin. so what a Badger was doing in Auckland is a question probably worth probing. The other thing about Harry is that he held a solid win over an obese 405-pound Butterbean, sending the Alabama round man into temporary retirement (though Harry did lose two prior matches to a much slimmer version of the Bean).

In between the outing with Funmaker and his recent win over El Fenix Asesino,  Billy stopped pitiful and porcelain-chinned Kenyan native Raymond “King Kong” Ochieng in Jefferson City, Missouri and challenged Freddie “Soulja” Miller in Browning, Montana. One might also question what a Kenyan heavyweight named “King Kong” was doing in Missouri, but that’s one that is best left alone.

Looking back

Looking back, a much younger Billy went undefeated between 1993 and 1997 winning 17 fights with 14 coming before the distance and 11 ending in the first round. Billy’s four career losses all came by way of KO. Three were to Michael Moorer, Frans Botha, and the aforementioned Tucker. However, in 1992 a sharp punching and relatively svelte Wright beat a badly fading and dreadfully out-of-shape 300-pound James “Broad Axe” Broad in Miami Beach in what likely was Bronco’s career-definer.

The Road Warrior

Bronco’s first seven fights were held in Nevada after which he became a road warrior extraordinaire toiling in such diverse locales as California, Arizona, Utah, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Kentucky, Iowa, South Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, North Carolina, Idaho, New Zealand, Montana, and most recently Chile. That adds up to some 18 different spots.

The Dream

Like so many other older heavyweights, Billy has a dream to become the next George Foreman (for whom he served as a sparring partner). He dreams of breaking Foreman’s record and becoming the oldest heavyweight champion of the world. He most likely will not even come close to realizing this dream, but God knows Bronco Billy Wright has earned every right to it.

Follow us on Twitter@boxing_com to continue the discussion


Bronco Billy Wright VS. Bridger Bercier

bronco billy wright vs james broad rounds 1-5.VOB

Read More Blogs
Discuss this in our forums

Related Articles


This is a place to express and/or debate your boxing views. It is not a place to offend anyone. If we feel comments are offensive, the post will be deleted and continuing offenders will be blocked from the site. Please keep it clean and civil! We want to have fun. We want some salty language and good-natured exchanges. But let's keep our punches above the belt...
  1. george chavez 10:17am, 01/14/2013

    hey mr billy wright we have a trainer here in long beach ca named david big red yonko who i believe gave you your first pro loss if you would fight yonko you would really redeem your name i believe this would be a assume rematch
    cause hes still good at his age he too fought many contenders such as you in amateurs esp tyson tillman carcia evans benn   great gut much love in his community yonko vs bronko billy yeaaaa what a good fight

  2. the thresher 09:36am, 11/19/2012

    Billy, you are more than welcome!! Keep on truckin’...

  3. Bronco Billy 09:27am, 11/19/2012

    Thank you everyone for the positive comments. We have a long way to go. I am looking forward to the hard work to accomplish what seem to some as impossible. I can tell you from personal experience….. everything is possible! Work hard, stay focused and make the necessary sacrifices. Love your life. Make your life what you want it to be. The choice is completely up to You. I make my personal choice everyday to become the Oldest Heavyweight Champion of the World! Thank you again everyone.

  4. Hitman Z 02:31pm, 11/17/2012

    This man is living his dream and he is getting closer and hotter to finishing his dream than not.  These young guys sure aren’t hanging with him.  I’ll be excited to see him take on a top contender cuz now days it seems like boxing has lost old school power.  It’s great to see a man nowadays living the dream and doing good things.  Keep it up Bronco we want more and to see what’s next.

  5. the thresher 06:34pm, 11/13/2012

    Bill, Broad got up to close to 305 pounds so I hear

  6. Tex Hassler 06:53am, 11/13/2012

    If you take away a man’s dreams he usually has little or nothing left. Bronco is running on dream power. That said I do not think he will win a genuine title.

  7. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 06:25am, 11/13/2012

    I remember James “Broad-Ass” Broad from the early 80s, etc…... I heard he too passed away a while ago…....

  8. pugknows 11:42am, 11/12/2012

    Didn’t know this guy lives in Las Vegas. I’ll have to hire him as my bodyguard.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 08:28am, 11/12/2012

    Which reminds me…Bronco is the type of fighter that some would call a “joke”...that is, until they are face to face with him in the ring and they realize that he is dead serious and the joke is on them!

  10. jofre 07:47am, 11/12/2012

    Great stuff!  If they made this into a movie….no one would take it for real. My first read of the day and a feel-good story. Thanks Ted!

  11. the thresher 07:32am, 11/12/2012

    He should be a bit player.

  12. the thresher 06:14am, 11/12/2012

    Billy is a human reality show. I should be a bit player in Hollywood. I could be his agent.

  13. Bob 05:33am, 11/12/2012

    I hate to have to try and throw Bronco out of a bar if he didn’t want to leave. Great promo for a possible reality show. Would love to see it. Very refreshing story on an interesting fellow who throws that right hand with authority regardless of the extra weight.

  14. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 03:51am, 11/12/2012

    Ted Sares-This article tickled my ribs….not in the way Bronco tickled Bercier’s though! Got to be the drinking water in West Jordan…way out west in Fullmer country!

Leave a comment