Trinidad vs. Wright In May

By Francis Walker
Updated: January 29, 2005

NEW YORK, NY—Former three-division champion Felix Trinidad (41-1, 34 KOs) will continue his comeback in May when he meets 154-pound champion, Winky Wright (48-3, 25 KOs). The bout will occur at 160 and there will no titles at stake. The winner could be in line for a shot at world middleweight champion, Bernard Hopkins later this year.

Trinidad is one of the most explosive punchers to have fought in the past decade. Trinidad has won world titles at 147, 154, and 160 pounds. His experience includes being the only fighter to have defeated three U.S. Olympic gold medal winners – Pernell Whitaker (1988), Oscar De La Hoya (1992), and David Reid (1996).

In 2001, Trinidad was three fights away from retiring as one of the greatest, undefeated champions in boxing history but was knocked out in the final round of a middleweight championship unification tournament two weeks after 9-11 by Hopkins.

Trinidad retired after a homecoming victory in 2002, but returned to action in Oct. 2004. Trinidad survived a knockdown to batter Ricardo Mayorga to a pulp in the eighth-round.

Trinidad will be meeting a game and dangerous Wright, who nearly his entire career fighting just for his name to appear in the newspaper after a hard-fought victory. Wright is coming off two consecutive, high profile victories against Sugar Shane Mosley.

For at least a decade, Wright has dreamt of fighting Trinidad, Hopkins, or De La Hoya. In five months Wright’s dream will come true when he finally has an opportunity to meet Trinidad, a future Hall of Fame fighter who is till one of the very best in boxing.

Trinidad’s big-fight experience, relentless pressure, two-fisted power and distinct size advantage will be too much for Wright, who struggled against Mosley, a much faster, but smaller and easier target to hit than Trinidad. Wright will have difficulty handling Trinidad’s power.