posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 05:18 PM
Associated Press - March 2, 2004
NEW YORK - Felix Trinidad ended his retirement of nearly two years on Tuesday and will return to boxing, where he was one of the sport's most dominant
"A lot of people told me we need you in boxing," Trinidad said.
The 31-year-old Trinidad, an immensely popular fighter in his home of Puerto Rico, earned tens of millions of dollars while winning titles as a
welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.
Trinidad will return as a middleweight, and promoter Don King said a fight is set with Shane Moseley, provided Moseley wins his March 13 bout with
Winky Wright in Las Vegas.
Trinidad disclosed his plans at the end of a news conference at Madison Square Garden to announce an April 17 fight card in New York featuring two
heavyweight title bouts: John Ruiz vs. Fres Oquenso and Chris Byrd vs. Andrew Golota.
Trinidad said he spoke with King is Puerto Rico about his return.
"Don gave me what I asked for, and here I am," Trinidad said through an interpreter.
At the time of his retirement, in which he made a tearful announcement, Trinidad said it was simply time to make the move. He wanted to spend more
time with his family and enjoy his cars and horses . On Tuesday, he said he retired because the big fights weren't there.
"I wasn't wrong when I retired," he said. "I just changed my mind."
Trinidad was 41-1 with 34 knockouts, and won 20 of his 21 title fights. In his last fight, Trinidad stopped French journeyman Hacine Cherifi in May in
"All my people, everywhere, were asking me to come back," he said.