Born Juan Felix Trinidad on January 10, 1973 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. “Tito” began boxing at age 10 and registered a 51-6 amateur record before turning professional in 1990.
In his 20th pro bout he stopped Maurice Blocker in two rounds to capture the IBF welterweight crown. Fifteen successful defenses – 12 by knockout – followed including wins over Hector Camacho (W 12), Yory Boy Campas (TKO 4), Oba Carr (TKO 8), Rodney Moore (TKO 4), Freddie Pendleton (KO 5), Pernell Whitaker (W 12) and Oscar de la Hoya (W 12). Trinidad moved up in weight to win the WBA light middleweight title from David Reid (W 12) on March 3, 2000 and later that year he unified titles with a 12th round TKO over IBF champion Fernando Vargas. In 2001 “Tito” became a three-division champion with a 5th round TKO over William Joppy for the WBA middleweight title. After meeting Bernard Hopkins in the finals of 2001’s Middleweight World Championship Series (L 12) for the unified middleweight championship, he bounced back to score wins over Hacine Cherifi (TKO 4) and Ricardo Mayorga (TKO 8). Following losses to Winky Wright (L 12) and Roy Jones Jr. (L 12), “Tito” retired with a professional ledger of 42-3 (35 KOs).
One of boxing’s brightest superstars in the 1990s and 2000s, Trinidad is revered in his native Puerto Rico. Trained throughout his career by his father, Felix Sr., the charismatic Trinidad was a dynamic puncher, particularly with his explosive left hook.
Born: Jan. 10, 1973