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The Associated Press
"Tito" Trinidad Begins Training For May Boxing Match With Hacine Cherifi
January 22, 2002
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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (AP) - Boxer Felix "Tito" Trinidad began training Tuesday for his May bout with Hacine Cherifi of France.
In the first phase of his training, he will work to bring down his weight to 160 pounds (72 kilograms), said his father and coach, Felix Trinidad Rodriguez. He did not specify how much his son is over that weight.
The 10-round middleweight fight with Cherifi, a middleweight, is May 11 at San Juan's Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Trinidad was training at a gymnasium in the San Juan suburb of Guaynabo, his father said.
Trinidad has not fought since September when he was knocked out in the 12th round by Philadelphia fighter Bernard Hopkins, losing the World Boxing Association title.
Before being knocked out by Hopkins, Trinidad had won his first 40 fights and championships in three weight classes.
Trinidad, a former welterweight and super welterweight champion from Puerto Rico, was fighting as a middleweight for the only second time when he lost to Hopkins. He won the World Boxing Association 160 pound (72-kilogram) title by stopping William Joppy in the fifth round May 12 in the Madison Square Garden in New York.