Félix Trinidad

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Félix 'Tito' Trinidad, Jr. (born January 10, 1973) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer, considered as one of the best boxers in Puerto Rico's history.[1] When he was an amateur Trinidad won five National Amateur Championships in Puerto Rico. He debuted as a professional when he was 17 years old and won the first world championship in his career when he defeated Maurice Blocker for the International Boxing Federation's welterweight championship. Trinidad is the youngest welterweight champion in history (20 years old) and ranks second in title defenses (15) behind Henry Armstrong. During his career he fought Oscar De La Hoya winning the World Boxing Council's welterweight championship, Fernando Vargas in a unification fight where he won the International Boxing Federation's light middleweight title, and William Joppy for the World Boxing Association's middleweight championship. He lost to Bernard Hopkins, by technical knockout and retired for the first time. Trinidad returned to action in a fight against Ricardo Mayorga and following a fight against Winky Wright retired a second time. In 2008, he returned to the ring to fight Roy Jones, losing the contest by unanimous decision. Subsequently, Trinidad entered a two-year hiatus without clarifying the status of his career.

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Early years

Félix Trinidad was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to Irma García and Félix Trinidad Senior.[2] During his childhood the family moved to Cupey Alto, a subdivision of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he grew up.[3] Trinidad began boxing at the age of 12 after receiving training by his father, who was a former national champion in the featherweight division.[4] Over the course of his amateur career, Trinidad compiled a record of 51 wins and six losses with 12 knockout victories.[4] During this period he won five Puerto Rican National Amateur Championships, in five different weight divisions (100, 112, 119, 126 and 132 pounds).[4]

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