Bernard Hopkins vs. Félix Trinidad
|Date||September 29, 2001
(originally scheduled for September 15, 2001)
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Title(s) on the line||Undisputed World Middleweight Championship
WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight title
For vacant lineal middleweight title
|Tale of the tape|
Bernard Hopkins vs. Félix Trinidad, billed as And Then There Was One, was a boxing match that took place on September 29, 2001, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, between WBC & IBF middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA middleweight champion Félix Trinidad to unify all three titles and decide the first undisputed middleweight champion since Marvin Hagler. The winner would also become the The Ring middleweight champion.
Hopkins had made 12 consecutive title defenses as a middleweight and was looking to make it 14, tying him with Carlos Monzón for record defences. At around the same time, Félix Trinidad had cleaned out the Welterweight division defeating everybody in front of him including a win over Oscar De La Hoya. Following this he made the move to Super Welterweight defeating Fernando Vargas and was by this time considered to be one of the best boxers in the world by many. He then decided to move up to middleweight, Don King had then organized a middleweight tournament featuring Keith Holmes, William Joppy, Bernard Hopkins & Félix Trinidad.
The fight begins slowly, with both fighters circling the ring at a distance and trading jabs in a close first round.
The second round follows suit, with Hopkins and Trinidad still feeling each other out and staying away from one another. Hopkins lands the first big punch of the fight, an overhand right just before the bell.
Hopkins begins to get comfortable in the third and take the fight to Trinidad, landing his jab consistently from the outside.
In the fourth, the pace picks up and Trinidad lands his first power punches of the night. Hopkins takes the punches well and comes back with big blows of his own in the round's closing seconds.
Hopkins, typically known for his brawling style, continues to go against form in the fifth by constantly moving around the ring and outboxing Trinidad. The style seems to confuse Trinidad, who gets caught by good shots throughout the round.
Trinidad has his best round in the sixth, backing Hopkins against the ropes and landing multiple left hooks. It is the first round that clearly goes to Trinidad.
The pace slows again in the seventh as both fighters look to catch their second wind. Hopkins remains the more mobile fighter, dancing away from most of Trinidad's punches. Hopkins is really beginning to outclass Trinidad and lands numerous good combinations. Trinidad gamely continues to come forward, but cannot find the target with any big shots.
Trinidad senses he is in trouble and comes out firing in the tenth. But after throwing several flurries that do no damage, it appears he has punched himself out. Hopkins lands huge punches in the last minute and stuns Trinidad with a right to the chin just before the bell.
Trinidad comes for the eleventh on very shaky legs. By contrast Hopkins is looking completely fresh and Trinidad begins to hold on in desperation.
Before the last round, Trinidad is slumped in his corner exhausted, while Hopkins smiles and looks animated on his stool. Hopkins lands punch after punch on an obviously beaten Trinidad. Midway through the round, he connects with a huge right to the chin that leaves Trinidad crumpled on the canvas. Felix Trinidad Sr. entered the ring and told Steve Smoger to stop the fight.
At the time of the stoppage, Bernard Hopkins was leading the bout on all three judges scorecards. Don Ackerman had the bout 109-100 whilst both Stanley Christodoulou & Anek Hongtongkam scored the bout 107-102 all in favour of Bernard Hopkins. HBO unofficial ringside scorer Harold Lederman had Hopkins up 108-101.
|Winner||Loser||Weight division/title belt(s) disputed||Result||Notes|
|Ricardo López (c)||Zolani Petelo||IBF light flyweight title||8th round KO.||Last fight for unbeaten Mexican legend, Lopez. Last fight for 81-year-old Arthur Mercante, Sr. as referee.|
|Michele Piccirillo||Rafael Pineda||Welterweight (12 rounds)||Unanimous decision.||IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator, Pineda was credited with official knockdown in the 2d rd. Piccirillo floored Pineda in the 5th.|
|Byron Mitchell (c)||Manny Siaca||WBA super middlweight title||Split decision||Siaca down in the first. Mitchell down in the 12th.|
Félix Trinidad would go on to fight Hacini Cherifi before announcing his retirement from boxing. He would then make several come backs, defeating Ricardo Mayorga and losing to Winky Wright and Roy Jones Jr.. In September 2009, Trinidad announced that he had officially retired from Boxing. His father, Félix Trinidad, Sr. announced that his son had not even entered a gym following his January 2008 defeat to Roy Jones Jr.
Bernard Hopkins would go on to defeat several big names, including Oscar De La Hoya & William Joppy as well as defending his middleweight title a further six times, making it twenty defences before finally being dethroned by Jermain Taylor. Following the two Taylor fights, Hopkins would defeat 3-to-1 betting favourite, Antonio Tarver. He then defeated Winky Wright in a catchweight 170 lb fight. Following this he lost a close split decision to Joe Calzaghe, but rebounded with a dominant victory over undefeated middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik. On 21 May 2011, Hopkins at the age of 46 became the oldest world champion in boxing history by defeating Jean Pascal by unanimous decision for the WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship.
Following his victory over Kelly Pavlik, Hopkins began a search for an opponent. Many names were thrown around including; Tomasz Adamek, Chad Dawson, Steve Cunningham as well as potential rematches with Roy Jones Jr, Glen Johnson & Joe Calzaghe. None of the afformentioned bouts materialised during this time, and Hopkins received an approach from Don King about a potential rematch with Trinidad. Representatives for the pair met but were unable to thrash out a deal. Bernard Hopkins instead opted to face Enrique Ornelas and to fight Roy Jones Jr in a rematch. He won both bouts by unanimous decision.
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