It's Official: Felix Trinidad Is Coming Back... at Middleweight

14.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: We all knew that it was going to happen, and now it's confirmed. I spent all most the duration of the Hasim Rahman-John Ruiz fight last night talking with former welterweight, jr. middleweight, and middleweight champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad. The rumors were buzzing throughout Boardwalk Hall last night about him making a possible comeback.

I sat behind Trinidad for the entire Back-to-Back-to-Back card. I had a real good conversation with Felix, between him signing autographs. And he didn't turn anyone down regardless of the ring action and was a class act. Tito confirmed to me that the rumors are true and he does plan to fight again. He said he plans to fight as a middleweight, and "hopes to line up a fight with either Bernard Hopkins or Oscar De La Hoya down the road". Regarding his retirement, he said that he just needed a rest and had to clear some things up. So we now can look forward to the return of Felix Trinidad in 2004, and see him possibly in a big fight by the years end.

Regarding the three major fights. I can't comment with any certainty on the Rahman-Ruiz fight. I was talking with Trinidad and writing. I did try and catch as much as I could, but not enough to score it. From what I did see, the fight was awful and I thought they both lost. As I said before, it shouldn't have been for a piece of the heavyweight title.

I saw the entire Mayorga-Spinks, and Hopkins-Joppy fights. I had Spinks beating Mayorga 115-113 or 7-5 in rounds. Spinks boxed beautiful. Although I would've liked to have seen him make Mayorga pay more when he missed, I thought he still pulled it out. Many of Mayorga's wild shots were missing and being caught by Spinks' gloves. The judge who scored it 117-110 Spinks, must've been watching from the Boardwalk. The fight was very close!

In the Hopkins-Joppy fight, Hopkins started slow. However, once he got into his rhythm he had his way with Joppy and did just about what he wanted. I will say this, I can now see father time starting to creep up on Hopkins. If there are any big fights out there for him, he better fight them in 2004.

Article posted on 14.12.2003

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