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Prizefighter Tribute: Felix Trinidad
Tito Destroys Fernando Vargas
Puerto Rican Star
Felix Trinidad was born in Puerto Rico in 1973 and won titles in the Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions. He had a deadly left hook and a huge heart in the ring. Although he was floored several times in his career he always came back to win by knockout in all but one case. Tito fought to the end and is a sports icon in his country.
In 1993, he beat Maurice Blocker for the Welterweight Crown and held it until he vacated to move up in weight in 1999. He is the longest reigning Welterweight King ever. He defended the belt fifteen times which is second only to the great Henry Armstrong. Among those he beat as a Welterweight were Oscar De La Hoya, Hector Camacho, Yori Boy Campas and Oba Carr.
As a Jr. Middleweight he remained undefeated just as he was as a Welterweight although he only had three fights in this new weight. He knocked down the undefeated champ Fernando Vargas an impressive five times en route to a 12th round knockout.
Then after one defense he unified the division by destroying undefeated David Reid. Tito known for his deadly left hook and his heart in the ring moved up once more to the Middleweight Division and knocked out William Joppy in 5 to win the 160 Pound title. With a sterling record of 40-0 he fought Bernard Hopkins and suffered his first loss by 12th round technical knock out or TKO. Tito had mixed success after this but, it sure was a hall of fame career to say the least. He always rocked Madison Square Garden in New York when he fought there. Trinidad will go down as a true warrior with a big punch and a big heart.
In my opinion he is the best fighter ever from Puerto Rico. His power was amazing in both fists and his heart and will were top notch. He never ducked a challenge and took on all comers in the Welterweight, Junior Middleweight and Middleweight Divisions. He was also highly capable of boxing opponents to twelve round decision wins.
Tito had a powerful jab and an accurate right hand but, his left hook ranks with the best in history. He could launch it wide or deliver it very short and compact. He was an offensive powerhouse who really knew how to cut the ring off.
Not to mention his fights were always exciting and he always got the crowd into a frenzy. On a few occasions when he was hurt he fought back with heart. As a matter of fact, in Tito's prime he was knocked down six times and in each instance he came back to win by knockout.
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Tito's Top Five Victories
Tito has had many emphatic victories but for reasons of violence and significance these ten stand out above the rest. He has won titles in three weight classes and he holds the record for the longest welterweight title reign. His right hand was a knockout punch but his left hook ended careers and ranks with the best left hooks in boxing history without a doubt.
1. Trinidad K.O. 12 Fernando Vargas- Trinidad knocks out the undefeated Champion for his 154 Pound belt. Tito was down once and Vargas down five times in the thrilling bout. This was Trinidad's signature victory and he never looked more ruthless than he did this night. He even seemed to gain strength as the rounds progressed. Tito at his most ruthless.
2. Trinidad K.O. 2 Maurice Blocker- Tito becomes a star and gains the 147 pound crown by pulverizing knockout in only two brutal rounds. A left hook and right hand put Blocker out cold on the canvas. The first round was slow but in the second Trinidad closed the distance fast and ended matters with two accurate power shots. Blocker was no match for the force of Trinidad in his prime.
3. Trinidad W12 Oscar De La Hoya- Trinidad unifies the 147 pound titles with close win over the golden boy. De La Hoya built an early lead but Tito won the final rounds with nonstop pressure and great conditioning like always. Tito never stopped coming forward even when he was being beaten to the punch.
4. Trinidad K.O. 5 William Joppy- Felix Trinidad crushed Joppy with three big knockdowns while delivering a beating he also won the 160 pound Championship in this totally one sided matchup in which Joppy was never the same after. Joppy landed some good combinations but he could not take Trinidad's left hook or looping right hand.
5. Trinidad K.O. 5 Yori Boy Campas- Campas was 55-0 going in and he even floored Tito in the second heat but from then on Tito pounded him into a .t.k.o. victim in defense of his welterweight crown. Campas was helpless on the ropes as Tito landed flush uppercuts and hooks and he slumped down as the ref stepped in to stop the massacre.
Other major Trinidad victories include: 12 round decision over Hector Camacho, 12 round decision over David Reid, Knockout of Oba carr, a comprehensive twelve round decision over Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker and a devastating knockout of Ricardo Mayorga. Trinidad took on everyone in or near his weight class.
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