Félix "Tito" Trinidad
January 10, 1973 - Present
Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico; raised in Cupey Alto
Height: 5'11" Weight: 160
"Money is not important to me anymore; what motivates me is glory to my country, Puerto Rico and to myself," Félix "Tito" Trinidad.
Félix Trinidad: Bout by bout career boxing record.
Félix "Tito" Trinidad began boxing at the young age of 12 on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where many boxing legends also call home. Tito was raised in a boxing environment as his father and manager Félix Trinidad Sr. was a Puerto Rican featherweight champion in the mid '70s.
Trinidad had a solid amateur career winning five Puerto Rican National Amateur Championships at (100 pounds, 112, 119, 126 and 132). He posted an amateur career record of 51-6, but only had 12 knockouts.
When the president of the amateur boxing federation in Puerto Rico wanted Trinidad to abandon the 126 pound division so another boxer could compete in the 1992 Olympics, Félix Sr. became fed up with the politics and Trinidad never competed in the Olympics and decided to go pro.
Trinidad, at the young age of 17, turned professional on March 10, 1990. He was determined to establish himself as a knockout artist and made good on his goal by knocking out his first five opponents and nine of his first 10. Trinidad's 29 knockouts in 33 outings gave the young boxer one of the highest knockout percentages (90%) of any boxer in history.
Trinidad constant desire to face the best fighters was clear in his early career as he faced some stiff competition as a pro. On December 6, 1991, he faced a more experienced Jake Rodriguez. In the second round, Trinidad injured his right hand, followed by an injury to the left hand in the fourth round. Even though he suffered great pain, he failed to become impatient or frustrated and went on to score a 10-round unanimous decision. Because of the injuries to his hands, Félix took a five-month layoff.
Questions of whether Trinidad could take a punch appeared when he went up against world championship caliber opponents like Alberto Cortes of Argentina. On October 3, 1992, in Paris, the veteran Cortes entered the bout with a record of 51-3. One of Cortes' losses came at the hands of the great Julio Cesar Chavez. Trinidad got sloppy in the second round and Cortes made him pay by knocking him down twice. It was the first time Trinidad had been knocked down in a fight. When Cortes came out to finish him off in the third round, Trinidad caught fire and returned the favor by tattooing Cortes with a barrage of punches. Cortes was helpless and unable to defend himself, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
In his first world title bout on June 19, 1993, Trinidad took on two-time world champion Maurice Blocker for the IBF welterweight crown. Trinidad took control of the bout from the opening bell, rocking Blocker with powerful shots with both hands. Trinidad finished Blocker off at 1:59 of the second round with a knockout that left Blocker on the canvas for several minutes, solidifying Trinidad's status as a devastating puncher with power in both hands.
Trinidad's first defense of the IBF welterweight title was against No. 1 contender Luis Garcia in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on August 6, 1993. Trinidad stunned Garcia with a crushing overhand right in the first round and never let up. He knocked Garcia to the mat four times in the first round before the bout was halted.
Trinidad successfully defended his title for the second time on October 23, 1993, against Anthony Stephens. He survived a second-round knockdown and stopped Stephens in the 10th.
On January 29, 1994, Trinidad scored a unanimous decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho. Trinidad dominated the fight against the flamboyant "Macho Man." It was fight that vaulted Trinidad to the elite of the boxing world.
Following what was then the longest layoff of his career (eight months), Trinidad was matched up against Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas, whom many were calling the next Chavez. Campas carried with him a remarkable 56-0 record with 50 knockouts. The fight took place on September 17, 1994 as part of the Mexican Independence celebration. Campas, who had the crowd behind him, sent Trinidad to the canvas with a quick, short left hook in the second round. Though the punch seemed to stun Trinidad rather than hurt him, the frenzied crowd sensed Campas would finish him off. But the young Puerto Rican sensation showed why he's champion, as he roared back in the fourth round and landed a dozen unanswered blows to the head of Campas. Referee Richard Steele had no choice but to stop the punishment and fight shortly thereafter.
On December 10, 1994, in Monterrey, Mexico, Trinidad faced the most formidable challenger of his career, then undefeated Oba "Motor City" Carr. After an uneventful first round, a straight right hand in round two not only sent Trinidad to the canvas, but also woke up the champion. For the next five rounds, Trinidad controlled the fight, and in the eighth round, Trinidad floored Carr twice. After getting up for the second time, Trinidad unleashed four unanswered blows to Carr's head, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
After several defenses in '95, Trinidad started gaining headline status for his fight on February 10, 1996, Trinidad took advantage of the limelight. In what was becoming typical of his fights, Trinidad stopped Rodney Moore by TKO in the fourth round. A body blow sent Moore down at one point and after returning to his stool, Moore relayed to everyone that he had suffered enough and refused to come out to begin the fifth round.
On May 18, 1996, Trinidad faced former world champion Freddie Pendleton. Pendleton was determined and had the experience, but became victim No. 29 when Trinidad used a left hook to the body to stop the challenger in his tracks. The fight ended in the fifth, when Pendleton failed to rise before the count of 10.
Nashville, Tennessee was the sight of Trinidad's first fight in 1997. He faced the unheralded Kevin Lueshing. But in what had become a bad habit for Trinidad, his lackluster attitude towards his opponent turned into a shock of reality when Lueshing tagged the champion with a right-left combination, sending him to the canvas in the second round. But, like the others, the knockdown only awakened Trinidad and he stormed back in the next round to down Lueshing and register his 31st win with 27 kayos.
Trinidad was scheduled to meet Terry Norris during the summer of 1997, but Norris backed out of the promotional agreement and No. 1 super welterweight contender Troy Waters became the Puerto Rican's opponent. Fighting for the right to challenge Norris, the two met at Madison Square Garden on August 23 in front of more than 10,000 Puerto Ricans in attendance. Showing no ill-effects from the move up in weight, Trinidad called on his powerful right hand to knock Waters down late in the first round. Waters bounced back up before the count of 10, but Trinidad, could smell the kill and went back to work, swarming his opponent with countless unanswered blows. Waters went down again and this time he could not rise before being counted out.
In a homecoming of sorts, Trinidad returned to Bayamon, Puerto Rico on April 3, 1998 to defend his welterweight crown against No. 1 contender Mahenge Zulu.
More than 12,000 Puerto Rican fans welcomed their native son home with a wild, electrified reception at the Coliseo de Ruben Rodriguez. Zulu had studied Trinidad and knew that his best opportunity would come early. He silenced the deafening roar of the island crowd by landing some crisp shots against Trinidad in the first couple of rounds. But it didn't last long. Trinidad began to score with precise blows and picked apart the challenger from Zaire. The frenzied crowd sang and chanted as Trinidad increased the pace. He staggered Zulu and sent him to the mat twice before the mismatch was mercifully stopped at 2:20 of the fourth round.
Trinidad went on to defend the IBF welterweight title 16 times against many quality opponents. Trinidad, now feeling that he solidified the welterweight division, set his goals on earning another title. He continued his choice of quality opponent and faced undefeated WBC welterweight champion "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya. In a highly publicized match, Félix Trinidad out-dueled, De La Hoya in a unanimous 12-round decision to retain his IBF title while taking De La Hoya's WBC title.
Trinidad moved up in weight after the De La Hoya match and on March 3rd, 2000, fought his first fight as a super welterweight against David Reid for the WBA title. A former Olympic gold medallist in 1996, Reid fought well in the early rounds knocking down Trinidad in the third. But like all the other fights, Trinidad came back to knock down Reid several times in the match and Trinidad became the new WBA super welterweight champion. (Recap of the Trinidad-Reid fight).
After the Reid fight, Trinidad aimed to unify the super welterweight division by fighting the undefeated IBF champion Fernando Vargas. Vargas, a tough boxer from the streets of Oxnard, CA, turned out to be one of Trinidad's toughest opponent. Trinidad started the fight strong and knocked down, Vargas for the first time of his career in the first round.
The fight went on and they battled in the ring for nearly 12 rounds, toe-to-toe, blow-to-blow. Vargas, the Aztec Warrior, came to fight and was a tough opponent, but in the end the destructive punches of Trinidad were too potent for Vargas to withstand and Trinidad won by TKO in the 12th round to become the WBA and IBF super welterweight champion.
Now recognized as one of the best boxers pound-for-pound, Trinidad is aiming for greatness.
Promoter Don King created a Middleweight World Championship Series where four boxers will fight against each other to determine who will be the undisputed Middleweight champion, a feat that hasn't been done since the great since Sugar Ray Leonard beat Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1987.
The winner will also win the first Sugar Ray Robinson trophy.
Trinidad's first opponent in the new division was William Joppy. A true middleweight at 160 who was holder of the WBA title since 1998.
Trinidad, in his first fight at this new weight, destroyed Joppy in 5 rounds knocking him down 3 times during the fight. "I always knew I was a middleweight," Trinidad said at the post-fight press conference at Madison Square Garden. "I knew I was going to knock him out."
Trinidad showed devastating power at this new weight and proved to everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with in the Middleweight division. Trinidad moved on to the finale of the Middleweight World Championship Series against Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins.
When the Middleweight Championship series first began in March, everyone felt that Tito Trinidad was going to be crowned as the undisputed middleweight champion and the first recipient of the Sugar Ray Robinson trophy.
But to the surprise of many, Trinidad would suffer his first defeat.
In the finale of the Middleweight Championship Series, Hopkins knocked down Trinidad and stopped him at 1:43 of the final round before a stunned crowd of 19,075 in Madison Square Garden.
Hopkins fought Trinidad well and obviously did his homework. He studied Trinidad's style for months and had an answer for his every move. Trinidad couldn't get his feet set and deliver that devastating blow which has taken out so many of his past opponents. Hopkins was flawless and fought the perfect fight against one of the best fighters of this modern era.
On May 11, 2002, in his first fight back after suffering his first defeat, "Tito" Trinidad easily defeated Hasine Cherifi by TKO in the fourth round for his 41st victory of his career.
Trinidad, in front of a very partisan crowd in his native country of Puerto Rico dominated Cherifi flooring him three times in the match, including the last knockdown, a devastating left hook which stopped the bout at 2:32 of the fourth round.
A few months later after his 41st pro-boxing victory, Nicolas Medina, lawyer of Félix "Tito" Trinidad made a shocking announcement to members of the media that "Tito" has retired from boxing (Click here for full story). The announcement of his retirement was said to be "definite" and the decision came after discussing it with his father/manager, Félix Trinidad Rodriguez and promoter Don King.
On March 2, 2004 at a press conference in Madison Square Garden in New York City (Listen to an actual audio clip), Felix "Tito" Trinidad officially announced that he will be making a comeback to boxing. "I guarantee you that I will be working hard for the world of boxing and I will do well in my return," Trinidad said through a translator. "You can expect to see me at my best. I will come back to win. No matter who I will fight I will win."
Besides being a great fighter and perhaps the best fighter to ever come out of Puerto Rico, Trinidad is a caring individual. Trinidad along with Roberto Clemente Jr. are board members of the "Children with Aids Foundation." A foundation to help needy children around the world who have been stricken by AIDS.
Trinidad is trained and advised by his father, Félix Trinidad, Sr., who was chosen by the Boxing Writers' Association of America (BWAA) as "Trainer of the Year" in 1995 & 2000. In 2000, he was also named "Manager of the Year" by the same organization.
"Tito" has three younger sisters and two brothers and remains very close to his mother, Irma Doris Trinidad.
Tito currently lives in a million dollar home in Puerto Rico. He is married to his wife Sharon and has two daughters -- Ashley Nicole and Leysha.
When he's not training, Tito enjoys raising horses, playing basketball and golf (just recently took up golf) and visiting the beach (stays near the shore because is afraid of deep water).
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