Trinidad posts KO in comeback

Monday, October 4, 2004

Felix Trinidad doesn't believe in tuneup fights. His comeback after more than two years of retirement was a doozy, and now he wants the biggest name out there, Bernard Hopkins.

After Trinidad knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in the eighth round Saturday night, completing a scintillating performance before a raucous crowd in New York, he turned his attention to the only man who has beaten him.

Hopkins knocked out Trinidad in the 12th round three years ago for the middleweight title. Trinidad fought once more but, unable to secure a rematch, he left boxing.

Now he's back, and he's looking for Hopkins.

"At that moment when I retired," Trinidad said, "there wasn't a big fight for me that I wanted and there was nothing in boxing that I wanted. I want a big fight now. My goal is to make big fights, and then I will leave happy and win them all."

Trinidad's father and trainer/manager, known as Papa, said he will talk with promoter Don King. Trinidad is signed for one more fight with HBO, which handled the Mayorga bout on a pay-per-view basis. But King also said he felt HBO didn't promote Saturday's fight properly -- even though Madison Square Garden grossed $4.65 million on site, the third-biggest gate the arena has had for a fight.

Papa Trinidad took a shot at Hopkins, who was roundly booed by the pro-Trinidad crowd when Hopkins entered the building before the bout.

"In the past, every great champion that lost had the opportunity to avenge his defeats," Papa said. "Bernard Hopkins said immediately after that fight he'd give a rematch ... and then he stepped back and he never gave a rematch to Tito."

Hopkins told ESPN Radio that he would consider another fight with Trinidad and that HBO had reserved Jan. 20 for his 20th title defense. More likely, Hopkins will face Felix Sturm in that bout and any Hopkins-Trinidad matchup wouldn't come until spring.

Klitschko wins decision

Wladimir Klitschko was knocked down and ended the fight bleeding on his stool. He looked anything but a winner, but the scorecards said otherwise.

Klitschko won a split decision over DaVarryl Williamson after the fight was stopped at the end of the fifth round Saturday night in Las Vegas because of a head butt. The ring doctor ruled Klitschko was bleeding too badly to continue, but the decision went to the ringside scorecards because the butt was unintentional.

Klitschko (43-3), the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, was coming back after being stopped in the fifth round of his last fight with Lamon Brewster. His fate looked uncertain again when Williamson threw a right hand that dropped him to one knee in the fourth round.

That was one of only a few punches landed by Williamson (20-3), though, who lost four of the five rounds on two scorecards. Two judges had Klitschko winning 49-46, while the third had Williamson ahead 48-47.

"It was not an easy fight," Klitschko said. "I really felt his right hand."

Klitschko was booed by many in the crowd at the outdoor arena at Caesars Palace after the decision was announced. But he landed most of the bigger punches, other than the right hand that dropped him 40 seconds in the fourth round.

-- From wire reports

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