Félix Juan Trinidad García (born January 10, 1973), also known as "Tito" Trinidad, is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2008. He is a three-weight world champion, and considered one of the best boxers in Puerto Rico's history.
After winning five national amateur championships in Puerto Rico, Trinidad debuted as a professional when he was seventeen, and won his first world championship by defeating Maurice Blocker to win the IBF welterweight title in 1993. He currently holds the record for the second most welterweight title defenses (15), as well as the record for longest reign as welterweight champion, at 6 years, 8 months and 14 days.
As his career continued, he defeated Oscar De La Hoya to win the WBC and lineal welterweight titles in 1999; Fernando Vargas to win the unified WBA and IBF light middleweight titles in 2000; and William Joppy to win the WBA middleweight title in 2001. Trinidad's first professional loss was against Bernard Hopkins later in 2001, and following this he retired from boxing for the first time. Trinidad made his ring return by defeating Ricardo Mayorga in 2004 and, after a losing effort against Winky Wright in 2005, retired for a second time. In 2008 he returned once more and lost to Roy Jones Jr. 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 Juan Laporte, Esteban De Jesús, Wilfredo Vázquez, Miguel Cotto, Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor Camacho, and Carlos Ortíz. In 2000, Trinidad was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is ranked number 30 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time and in 2002 named him the 51st greatest fighter of the past 80 years. In 2014 Trinidad was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, thus becoming the tenth Puerto Rican to receive such an honor.
Trinidad 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.
Raul Gonzalez 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.
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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 Héctor 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, and 119–106.
On September 17, 1994, Trinidad traveled to the MGM Grand for a second straight fight to compete in a title defense against Yori Boy Campas, who had a record of 56-0. In the second round Campas scored a knockdown, the second knockdown in Trinidad's career. Following this Trinidad exchanged several combinations, injuring Campas' face and breaking his nose. In the fourth round, the referee stopped the fight, the first defeat in Campas' career.
Trinidad's fourth fight outside Puerto Rico or the United States took place on Estadio de Beisbol in Monterey, Mexico. Trinidad was scheduled to defend his title against the undefeated Oba Carr. In the second round, Carr scored a knockdown, which was the product of a quick right hand punch. Trinidad continued the fight and pursued the challenger, who displayed a quick pace throughout the fight. In the fourth round Trinidad connected a solid punch that injured Carr, and in the eighth he scored three consecutive knockdowns before the referee stopped the fight by technical knockout.
Trinidad spent the next four years defending his title against numerous fighters in bouts televised on Showtime. Among these fights was a defense against Mahenge Zulu, the number two challenger for Trinidad's championship. This fight was part of a card that took place on April 3, 1998, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and marked the first time that Trinidad had performed in the island in five years. Trinidad began the first round by cautiously analyzing the challenger's style, but the round ended with quick exchanges after Zulu took the initiative in the offensive. In the second round Zulu was actively pursuing the champion, but retreated when he received a solid jab sequence. Early in the third round a series of jabs opened a wound on Zulu's mouth, while the challenger's punches were not reaching their target. Trinidad began the fourth round heavily on in the offensive connecting several combinations which hurt the challenger, using this to land more punches in Zulu's head and body. One punch hit Zulu in the jaw, he fell to the floor and tried to rise, but the referee stopped the fight before he could do so.
On February 20, 1999, Trinidad defended the welterweight championship against Pernell Whitaker, winning the fight by unanimous decision in a contest that marked his thirteenth successful defense. The fight began with both boxers displaying aggressive styles, which included excessive pushing. In the following rounds both boxers used their jabs most of the time with Trinidad gaining an advantage when Whitaker attempted to attack inside, eventually scoring a knockdown in round two. In the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds the fighters exchanged combinations. Later in the fight both boxers fell to the floor in what were ruled as "accidental slips." On the seventh round Whitaker displayed more offense, trading power punches with Trinidad, but the champion retained control in the fight's tempo during the eight, ninth, and tenth rounds. In the last round Whitaker, with a badly swollen right eye, displayed a purely defensive stance, avoiding his opponent throughout the round while Trinidad continued on the offensive until the fight concluded. The judges gave the champion scores of 117–111, 118–109 and 118–109.
In the spring of 1999 Don King and Oscar De la Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum, agreed to co-promote a mega-fight for the Lineal, WBC and IBF welterweight championships on September 18, 1999, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Early in the fight De la Hoya employed boxing to connect combinations while avoiding Trinidad's attacks. The second round began with both boxers trading punches but De la Hoya quickly returned to his previous tactic, which he employed in the third round. In the fourth round Trinidad pressured the offense while De la Hoya tried to avoid his punches by moving, both boxers eventually exchanged punches. In the fifth round Trinidad continued in the offensive while De la Hoya attempted to remain on the outside corners of the ring, Trinidad's eye was swollen following a trade of punches, and his nose was also bleeding. Trinidad was having a lot of problems finding De La Hoya and couldn't connect as flush as usual with his punches, although he scored at times, Oscar's movement was not letting him land in combination and it was proclaimed by many to have been a lackluster fight. In the eighth round the swelling on Trinidad's eye was worsening. Oscar was scoring on Trinidad but halfway through the tenth, De La Hoya stopped sticking and basically disengaged. De La Hoya gassed out and had remained on his toes for the remainder of the bout, and Trinidad won all the final rounds.The judges gave Trinidad a close, majority decision, with scores of 115–113, 115–114 and 114–114.
In 2000 Trinidad vacated the welterweight championships and moved to the junior middleweight division, in order to challenge the World Boxing Association's champion David Reid. Early in the fight Trinidad concentrated his punches on Reid's body, connecting hard punches to his ribs and belly. In the second round Reid connected a solid punch to his opponent's jaw, and in the third round scored a knockdown. In the fourth and fifth rounds Trinidad used his jab consistently, gaining control of the fight's tempo in the sixth round. The fight's score was close at the beginning of the seventh round but Trinidad opened the second half of the contest in the offensive, scoring the fight's second knockdown. Controlling the fight in the eighth, ninth and tenth rounds, and opening a cut over Reid's eye. Trinidad dominated the eleventh round, scoring three consecutive knockdowns. Reid tried to close the fight on the offensive but his opponent boxed and countered his attacks. The judges gave scores of 114–107, 114–106 and 115–106, all in favor of Trinidad.
On December 2, 2000, he was scheduled to fight in a unification card against Fernando Vargas, the International Boxing Federation's junior middleweight champion. The fight began in a fast pace with Trinidad connecting a solid combination that led to his opponent being knocked down. Vargas was able to stand up, but another combination injured him a second time and led to another knockdown. Early in the second round Trinidad was in the offensive but Vargas connected a solid combination at the round's closing moments which opened a cut over Trinidad's right eye. In the fourth round's opening seconds one of Vargas' punches connected on Trinidad's jaw and he fell, marking the eighth knockdown in his career. In the fifth round Vargas was in control of the fight's offensive, connecting combinations to Trinidads' body. In the sixth round Trinidad regained control of the fight's tempo that lasted throughout the contest, connecting punches on Vargas' head and left jabs to the ribs. In the eighth, Vargas displayed signs of exhaustion which slowed his offensive while Trinidad then pursued the offense with combinations to the body. This pattern continued throughout the ninth, tenth and eleventh rounds. Opening the final round Vargas was on the offensive, connecting a solid left hook. Trinidad countered the attack with a left hook that made Vargas collapse; Vargas was able to stand up, but was subsequently knocked down for a second time. With Vargas injured, Trinidad continued connecting combinations, until the referee stopped the fight by technical knockout.
Following his fight with Vargas, Trinidad moved up in weight – this time to participate in Don King's middleweight unification tournament featuring IBF champion Bernard Hopkins, WBA champion William Joppy, and WBC champion Keith Holmes. Trinidad was matched with Joppy, whom he defeated by technical knockout in the fifth round of a contest that took place on May 12, 2001. Joppy opened the first round on the offensive, but late in the round Trinidad scored a knockdown with a combination of punches that came close to throwing Joppy underneath the ropes. Trinidad subsequently scored a knockdown in the fourth round, during this stage of the competition he was using combinations of left hooks and right punches to the head. In the fifth round Trinidad scored another knockdown, Joppy attempted to continue the fight, but while he was using the ropes to help him stand, the referee stopped the fight. When the contest was over, Trinidad explained his strategy by stating: "I knew he wanted to impose his will, his weight, and I wouldn't let him do it".
The middleweight unification fight between Hopkins and Trinidad was originally scheduled for September 15, 2001, at the Madison Square Garden. On the morning of September 11, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. Following this incident, the fight was postponed indefinitely. After receiving assurances from Madison Square Garden officials and the City of New York, Don King rescheduled the fight for September 29. The pace of the fight in the early rounds was slow, with each boxer studying his opponent. In the second round Hopkins connected some combinations while Trinidad pursued the offensive in the fourth round and both boxers traded sequences of punches. This pattern continued in the fifth round with Trinidad showing an aggressive style while Hopkins relied on jabs. In the sixth Trinidad continued an offensive stance and won the round after trading several combinations. Both fighters continued to exchange punches in the eighth and ninth round with Hopkins connecting three consecutive solid punches. In the twelfth round Hopkins' scored a knockdown, but before the contest could continue Trinidad's father entered the ring, which led to the referee stopping the fight by technical knockout.
Trinidad was subsequently scheduled to fight against Hacine Cherifi in a contest that he won by technical knockout in the fourth round. The event was part of a card that took place on May 11, 2002, and was organized in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Early in the first round Trinidad's strategy consisted of using his jab while Cherifi did not try to directly engage in the offensive. In the last minute of the round a punch by Trinidad hit Cherifi's chin leaving him disoriented, he followed this with a combination and scored a knockdown. In the second round, Trinidad displayed more boxing and was on the offensive by using combinations to the head and ribs. In the third Cherifi landed more punches than in the previous two, but Trinidad relied on throwing left jabs. One of his punches hit Cherifi's liver, followed by a punch to the jaw, making Cherifi fall to the floor. In the fourth, a series of combinations injured Cherifi, who collapsed to the floor twice, forfeiting the fight on the second occasion. Following this contest Trinidad announced his retirement, at the moment leaving the sport with a record of 41 wins, one defeat, and 34 wins by knockout.
Trinidad announced a comeback on March 2, 2004. On October 2, 2004, he fought against Ricardo Mayorga, in Madison Square Garden. Early in the first round Mayorga was on the offensive connecting several combinations, later in the round Trinidad connected some punches to his opponent's face. Mayorga reacted defiantly while lowering his defense, which Trinidad used to continue the offensive during the closing seconds. In the second round he continued connecting with combinations to Mayorga's face which caused him to bleed from his nose; the round concluded with both fighters exchanging punches. In the third round Mayorga attempted to counter with punches to the body but did not do significant damage to his opponent, however later in the round one of these punches made Trinidad lose his balance and touch the floor with one glove which the referee counted as a knockdown. In the fourth round both boxers traded hard combinations. In the fifth Trinidad displayed control of the offense's tempo injuring Mayorga and opening a cut under one of his eyes. This pattern continued in the sixth and seventh round, and the cut on Mayorga's face began to swell. In the eight round Trinidad scored several knockdowns, Mayorga continued after two knockdowns, but lost by technical knockout following a third knockdown.
On May 14, 2005, Trinidad competed against Winky Wright, in a fight where the winner would become the World Boxing Council's number one challenger in the Middleweight division. Wright won the fight by decision, receiving scores of 120–107 and 119–108 twice by the judges. Trinidad's fighting style appeared to be out of rhythm in the first round, while Wright presented a defensive stance and relied on jabs. During the first three rounds Wright was in the offensive scoring with jabs. On the fourth round Trinidad connected a solid combination. In the sixth, Wright continued the strategy used in the previous rounds while Trinidad employed a strategy where he tried to neutralize his opponent's punches by standing in front of him. In the later rounds Trinidad tried to take the contest's offensive but his adversary managed to block most of his punches while continuing his previous tactic. In the twelfth round Trinidad pursued Wright while trying to score a knockout, but his opponent boxed away from him until the round ended. Following this fight, Trinidad retired temporarily, after his father informed him that he would not continue in his corner.
Trinidad came out of his second retirement for a fight against former four-division champion Roy Jones Jr. on January 19, 2008. According to the contract, it was contested at a catchweight of 170 lb (77 kg), and was broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view. The card took place at Madison Square Garden in New York city. Trinidad began the fight on the offensive and won the first two rounds. The third and fourth rounds were won by Jones who relied on the velocity of his punches. This pattern continued in the fifth and sixth rounds. In the seventh round, Jones scored a knockdown following a right hand. Following this Jones continued to use his speed while Trinidad pursued the offensive, in the tenth round Jones scored a second knockdown after landing a combination. The judges declared the fight a unanimous decision in favor of Jones with scores of 117–109 and 116–110 twice.
After this fight, Trinidad was inactive for almost two years, before announcing on October 14, 2009, that he was "between 95 and 98 percent sure (that he would) not do anything more within boxing". During this timeframe, he made sporadic public appearances, attending boxing cards and participating in public activities, including a ceremony where Juan Manuel López and Iván Calderón received rings for five successful defenses of their world championships. Beginning in July 2009, Trinidad became involved with the World Wrestling Council, participating as a guest referee at their anniversary show. Three months later, he was included in a storyline that also included Orlando Colón. In 2010, Trinidad expressed interest in purchasing the Changos de Naranjito.
According to an interview with Bernard's trainer Bouie Fisher, prior to the fight members of Hopkins' team visited the Trinidad dressing room in what is considered a normal boxing custom, to watch the taping of Trinidad's hands. The Hopkins camp claimed that Trinidad's hands were wrapped incorrectly, and threatened to cancel the fight unless they were rewrapped correctly. Fisher also stated that the Chief Inspector of the NYSAC insisted that Trinidad's camp indeed needed to re-wrap his hands the right way, without tape touching directly on the skin. According to the New York State Athletic commission. 
In 2013, Trinidad became eligible and was voted into the 2014 Class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was officially inducted into the hall during a ceremony held on June 4, 2014, becoming the tenth Puerto Rican to receive such an honor.
Félix Trinidad was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to a Puerto Rican family. During his childhood the family moved to Cupey Alto, a subdivision of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he grew up. His future wife, Sharon Santiago, lived in Cupey and first met Trinidad in the home of her neighborhood friend, a classmate of Trinidad's. Trinidad pursued a relationship with Santiago, including an attempt to impress her with his red Ford Mustang. He continued to press for her affection and, with the help of Santiago's neighbor, Trinidad was able to win her over. Early on, Santiago's mother thought that Trinidad was related to her daughter's friend, but she realized the true situation when she visited the friend's house and he acted nervous in her presence. Santiago's father objected to the relationship because Trinidad was an athlete; at the time many athletes had a negative public image. Santiago became rebellious, but Trinidad eventually won her family's trust. The couple was married four years after they began dating and have had four daughters. Trinidad has a fifth daughter, named Alondra Nicole, from another relationship.
|Professional record summary|
|45 fights||42 wins||3 losses|
|45||Loss||42–3||Roy Jones Jr.||UD||12||Jan 19, 2008||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|44||Loss||42–2||Winky Wright||UD||12||May 14, 2005||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|43||Win||42–1||Ricardo Mayorga||TKO||8 (12), 2:39||Oct 2, 2004||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant Native American Boxing Council middleweight title|
|42||Win||41–1||Hacine Cherifi||TKO||4 (10), 2:32||May 11, 2002||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|41||Loss||40–1||Bernard Hopkins||TKO||12 (12), 1:18||Sep 29, 2001||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBA middleweight title;
For WBC and IBF middleweight titles;
For vacant The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
|40||Win||40–0||William Joppy||TKO||5 (12), 2:25||May 12, 2001||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won WBA middleweight title|
|39||Win||39–0||Fernando Vargas||TKO||12 (12), 1:33||Dec 2, 2000||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA light middleweight title;
Won IBF light middleweight title
|38||Win||38–0||Mamadou Thiam||TKO||3 (12), 2:48||Jul 22, 2000||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBA light middleweight title|
|37||Win||37–0||David Reid||UD||12||Mar 3, 2000||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA light middleweight title|
|36||Win||36–0||Oscar De La Hoya||MD||12||Sep 18, 1999||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title;
Won WBC and lineal welterweight titles
|35||Win||35–0||Hugo Pineda||KO||4 (12), 2:53||May 29, 1999||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|34||Win||34–0||Pernell Whitaker||UD||12||Feb 20, 1999||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|33||Win||33–0||Mahenge Zulu||KO||4 (12), 2:20||Apr 3, 1998||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|32||Win||32–0||Troy Waters||KO||1 (12), 2:50||Aug 23, 1997||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|31||Win||31–0||Kevin Lueshing||TKO||3 (12), 2:59||Jan 11, 1997||Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Ray Lovato||TKO||6 (12), 1:57||Sep 7, 1996||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Freddie Pendleton||KO||5 (12), 1:30||May 18, 1996||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Rodney Moore||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||Feb 10, 1996||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Larry Barnes||TKO||4 (12), 2:54||Nov 18, 1995||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Roger Turner||TKO||2 (12), 2:28||Apr 8, 1995||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Oba Carr||TKO||8 (12), 2:41||Dec 10, 1994||Estadio de Béisbol, Monterrey, Mexico||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Luis Ramon Campas||TKO||4 (12), 2:41||Sep 17, 1994||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Héctor Camacho||UD||12||Jan 29, 1994||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Anthony Stephens||KO||10 (12), 3:09||Oct 23, 1993||Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Luis Garcia||TKO||1 (12), 2:31||Aug 6, 1993||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Maurice Blocker||KO||2 (12), 1:49||Jun 19, 1993||Sports Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.||Won IBF welterweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Colin Tomlinson||KO||1 (10), 2:41||Jun 19, 1993||Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|18||Win||18–0||Pedro Aguirre||TKO||4 (10)||Feb 20, 1993||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico|
|17||Win||17–0||Henry Hughes||TKO||1 (10)||Feb 13, 1993||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|16||Win||16–0||Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes||TKO||3 (10)||Oct 3, 1992||Cirque d'hiver, Paris, France|
|15||Win||15–0||Joseph Alexander||KO||1 (10)||Jul 18, 1992||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|14||Win||14–0||Raul Gonzalez||TKO||4 (10)||May 3, 1992||Cayey, Puerto Rico|
|13||Win||13–0||Jake Rodriguez||UD||10||Dec 6, 1991||Sands Hotel, Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|12||Win||12–0||Lorenzo Bouie||TKO||1 (10), 2:40||Oct 25, 1991||Mahi Temple Shriners Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Darren McGrew||UD||10||Jul 10, 1991||Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|10||Win||10–0||Manuel Salas||TKO||5 (10), 2:27||Jun 21, 1991||Tamiami Park, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Felix Vasquez||TKO||3 (8)||May 1, 1991||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|8||Win||8–0||Noe Rivera||TKO||1 (6), 2:54||Mar 13, 1991||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|7||Win||7–0||Luis Felipe Perez||TKO||2 (6), 2:01||Nov 13, 1990||El San Juan Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|6||Win||6–0||Valentin Ocasio||UD||6||Oct 3, 1990||El San Juan Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|5||Win||5–0||Jose Vilarino||KO||2 (6)||Sep 6, 1990||El San Juan Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|4||Win||4–0||Omar Victoriano Alegre||TKO||5 (8)||Jul 27, 1990||Outdoor Arena, Capo d'Orlando, Italy|
|3||Win||3–0||William Lopez||TKO||1 (4)||Jun 21, 1990||El San Juan Resort & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|2||Win||2–0||Israel Ponce||TKO||2 (4)||Apr 7, 1990||Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|1||Win||1–0||Angel Romero||KO||2 (4)||Mar 10, 1990||Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Professional debut|
Invicto en 19 peleas, con 16 de esos triunfos antes del límite, finalmente le llegó a Tito Trinidad la oportunidad de conquistar un título mundial, cuando retó el 19 de junio de 1993 en San Diego, California, al entonces campeón peso welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), Maurice Blocker.
Y tras dos minutos iniciales de estudio, el retador boricua, que subió al cuadrilátero con desbordante entusiasmo, tomó la ofensiva y restando 11 segundos del primer capítulo arremetió con un poderoso derechazo que puso en mal estado a Blocker, quien a duras penas logró completar los tres minutos.
Una vez en el segundo asalto, Blocker pareció haberse recuperado hasta que, transcurridos 30 segundos, Trinidad le volvió a llegar limpiamente a la cara con un gancho de izquierda que dejó aturdido al campeón.
Dos golpes similares volvieron a estremecer instantes más tarde a Blocker, quien recibió un decisivo recto de derecha que lo envió de bruces a la lona, procediendo el árbitro Robert Byrd a detener el conteo y la pelea al 1:49.
Tres meses después de su agónico triunfo sobre Anthony Stephens, llegó la primera gran pelea de "Tito" Trinidad en Las Vegas, defendiendo su título welter el 29 de enero de 1994 frente a su pintoresco compatriota y ex campeón mundial, Héctor "Macho" Camacho.
Tras un par de cautelosos asaltos iniciales, y una temprana cortadura sobre el ojo izquierdo, Tito comenzó a hacer sentir su pegada en la tercera vuelta con un par derechazos que pusieron al "Macho" en retroceso, aunque la velocidad y experiencia del retador parecían confundir al monarca que a mediados de la reyerta parecía olvidarse de la idea del nocáut.
Su sistemático ataque, no obstante, fue suficiente para apuntarse el primer triunfo por decisión en su etapa campeonil, por veredicto unánime de los jueces Glen Hamada (116-110), Mike Glienna (117-109) y Darby Shirley (119-106).
Un corto óper de izquierda de Campas llevó a Trinidad a la lona en el segundo asalto, por segunda vez en su historial, pero se levantó y logró capear el temporal el resto del capítulo.
De ahí en adelante, Trinidad se fue al toma y dame con el previamente invicto retador mexicano, a quien rompió la nariz y más tarde casi desfigura
Antes de que el árbitro Richard Steele detuviera el combate en el cuarto asalto
Esta vez el oponente era otro peligroso retador invicto, el estadounidense Oba Carr y de inmediato demostró sus cualidades con un relampagueante derechazo que derribó a Tito en el segundo asalto, al igual que hizo el azteca Luis Ramón 'Yori Boy' Campas en su combate anterior.
Y el cuento se repitió. Trinidad se levantó luciendo en perfectas condiciones, y siguió presionando con insistencia a su rival, que exhibió la prometida buena velocidad de manos y un efectivo boxeo, pero sin lograr alcanzar nuevamente con solidez al campeón welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).
El monarca boricua dio un anticipo de lo que venía con un fuerte derechazo que tambaleó al retador en el cuarto asalto, hasta que a mediados del octavo capítulo lo tumbó con un óper de derecha y una recta. Carr se reincopró pero volvió a caer par de veces adicionales ante el ataque inmisericorde de rectos y ganchos de Tito, hasta que se produjo la intervención del árbitro Robert González restando unos 20 segundos de acción.
Soy también de Cupey y mi vecina se graduó con Tito, de cuarto año. Mis papás me dejaban estar mucho en casa de mi vecina y así fue que nos conocimos, aunque mi mamá creía que Tito era novio de mi amiga, de mi vecina.
Él fue el que me 'sonsacó'. Yo lavaba el carro de mi mamá y él pasaba acelerando y tocando bocina. Tenía en aquel momento un Mustang rojo. Yo miraba así bien inocente (risa), pero nada que ver, hasta que él siguió insistiendo con ayuda de mi vecina y después estuvimos casi cuatro años de novios antes de casarnos".
Mi mamá se dio cuenta un día que, casualmente, fue a la casa y se le sentó al lado a Tito, que empezó a sudar y se puso bien nervioso. Ahí, mami se dio cuenta que había algo raro y después, al tiempo, todo el mundo se enteró.
Al principio fue difícil. Primero porque Tito era deportista y papi me decía que no quería que yo me casara con un deportista por la mala fama que tienen muchos deportistas.
Yo me puse un poquito rebelde, hasta que por fin, Tito se ganó a toda la familia y todo salió bien".
Dentro de ese contexto, y sumado el acuartelamiento del 'Team Trinidad' hace un par de semanas en un hotel fuera del área metropolitana, han dejado otra vez a la ex empleada del sector turístico y de una agencia de publicidad a cargo de un sinfín de tareas hogareñas, en especial del cuido de sus cuatro hijas (Ashley, Leysha, Alayah y Larysha), sin olvidar las visitas en vacaciones de Alondra.
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|Regional boxing titles|
|New title||Native American Boxing Council
October 2, 2004 – May 2005
|World boxing titles|
|IBF welterweight champion
June 19, 1993 – March 3, 2000
Title next held byVernon Forrest
Oscar De La Hoya
|WBC welterweight champion
September 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000
Title next held byOscar De La Hoya
|Lineal welterweight champion
September 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000
Title next held byShane Mosley
|WBA light middleweight champion
March 3, 2000 – May 12, 2001
Title next held byFernando Vargas
|IBF light middleweight champion
December 2, 2000 – May 12, 2001
Title next held byWinky Wright
|WBA middleweight champion
May 12, 2001 – September 29, 2001
as Super champion
|The Ring Fighter of the Year
|BWAA Fighter of the Year