Trinidad says he won’t fight without dad
Boxer’s father wants to retire, so he may follow suit
Ana Maria Abruna / AP
Felix Trinidad, right, is consoled by his father and trainer Felix Trinidad Sr. during a news conference on Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:26 p.m. ET May 16, 2005SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former middleweight champion Felix Trinidad won’t keep fighting without his father, putting his boxing future in jeopardy.
Trinidad, who lost to Winky Wright on Saturday in Las Vegas, said at a news conference late Sunday that his father wants to retire.
“If you aren’t here, I’m not continuing in boxing,” Trinidad said before embracing his father and crying.
Trinidad has held world titles in three weight classes, and had lost just once before Saturday — to Bernard Hopkins in a middleweight title fight four years ago. Trinidad also retired after that fight.
“I don’t feel that I am giving my 100 percent in the corner, as I used to ... Because of this, I feel I don’t want to carry on working in the ring,” Trinidad’s father said.
Added Felix Trinidad: “My father told me at Miami airport what he was going to do, and I reminded him that since I was a kid I told him that the day my father could not be at my side, I would not throw another blow.”
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