Felix "Tito" Trinidad Garcia (born January 10, 1973), best known as
Felix Trinidad, is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer, considered
one of the best in Puerto Rico's history. After winning five National
amateur Championships in Puerto Rico, Trinidad debuted as a professional
when he was seventeen. He would go on to become a three-weight world
champion, first by defeating Maurice Blocker for the IBF welterweight
title. Trinidad holds the record for the second most welterweight
title defenses, with fifteen, and also holds the record for the longest
reign as welterweight champion, at six years, eight months and fourteen
During his career he fought Oscar De La Hoya to win the
lineal and WBC welterweight titles; Fernando Vargas in a unification
fight for the IBF light middleweight title; and William Joppy to win
the WBA middleweight title. Trinidad's first professional loss was
against Bernard Hopkins, who scored a technical knockout. Following
this, Trinidad retired for the first time. He returned to action by
beating Ricardo Mayorga and, after a losing effort against Winky Wright,
retired a second time. In 2008, he returned to the ring to fight Roy
Jones Jr., losing the contest by unanimous decision. Subsequently,
Trinidad entered a five-year hiatus without clarifying the status
of his career.
Trinidad is frequently mentioned among the best
Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts,
along with Miguel Cotto, Wilfred Benitez, Wilfredo Gomez, Hector "Macho"
Camacho, and Carlos Ortiz.
On June 4, 2014, Trinidad was inducted
into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, thus becoming the tenth
Puerto Rican to receive such an honor.
debuted as a professional on March 10, 1990, when he was 17 years
old. The fight was against Angel Romero, another debuting boxer, in
a contest that Trinidad won by knockout in the second round. In the
beginning of his career he knocked out nine of his first 10 opponents.
He then competed against more experienced boxers like Jake Rodriguez,
whom he fought on December 6, 1991. Trinidad won the fight by unanimous
decision but suffered an injury on his right hand. He was then inactive
for five months while recovering from the injury.
fought Felix Trinidad on May 3, 1992 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. This fight
was the main event of the night. Both Gonzalez and Trinidad weighed
in at 142 pounds. Gonzalez had a record of 8-2-3 with 5 KOs, while
Trinidad had a record of 13-0 with 10 KOs. Gonzalez went down three
times, and Trinidad took the victory in round four by TKO. Trinidad
would add another victory by KO to his record and would now make it
14-0 with 11 KOs.
Trinidad traveled to San
Diego, California and defeated the IBF welterweight champion Maurice
Blocker in two rounds, in a fight card that took place on June 19,
1993, televised by Showtime. Trinidad spent the first two minutes
of the fight analyzing Blocker's style. With 11 seconds left in the
first round, one of Trinidad's punches injured Blocker, who barely
survived the round. In the second round, the champion's condition
appeared to improve, but after the first 30 seconds, another Trinidad
punch injured him. Trinidad followed with a combination, scoring a
knockout at 1:49 in the round when the referee stopped the fight.
Afterwards, tournament organizer Don King's exclusive relationship
to stage fights for the cable channel Showtime meant that Trinidad
would be showcased regularly on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Trinidad defended his title for the next three years against
several opponents. Trinidad's first fight in Las Vegas was against
Hector Camacho on January 29, 1994. He was cautious during the first
rounds and received a cut over his left eye. In the third round he
connected a solid combination that made Camacho change to a defensive
stance. Throughout the fight Trinidad was on the offensive and won
the fight by unanimous decision, in what was his first decision since
he won the world championship. The scores awarded by the judges were
117-109, 116-110, 119-106.