By Mark Vester
A fight is currently being discussed to match former champions Felix "Tito" Trinidad (48-4-1, 32 KO) and Jermain Taylor (27-2-1, 17 KO), with HBO televising in either September or October. This past weekend, promoter Don King met with Felix Trinidad Sr. and his attorneys to discuss the possibility of his Tito fighting Taylor, and then, if his son beats Taylor, a possible meeting down the line with the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins, scheduled for April 19.
"HBO has offered us the last week of September or the first one of October to have the fight with Taylor. And later we would be able to go against the winner of the fight between Joe Calzaghe and Hopkins," said King to El Nuevo Dia.
Trinidad returned to the ring in January after a near three-year layoff. He was knocked down twice and went on to lose a unanimous decision to Roy Jones Jr. Despite the loss, Trinidad did well enough in the fight to continue his career. Taylor is coming off back-to-back losses to undisputed middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.
Trinidad fought Jones at 170-pounds, and Taylor is moving up to 168. There is no word on the weight, but it will likely fall at a catch-weight between super middleweight and light heavyweight. Also, no word if HBO will televise the bout on their regular network or on pay-per-view.
Trinidad Sr., who is also his son's trainer and manager, feels that a fight with Hopkins is the most lucrative fight, but King says that Trinidad should first take on Taylor and then meet Hopkins in a revenge bout. Hopkins handed Trinidad the first defeat of his career in 2001, stopping him in the twelfth-round. At the same time, everyone involved recognizes that Hopkins will be a lot more difficult to negotiate a fight.
"I believe that a fight with Hopkins is the most attractive one for us. We are going to continue speaking, share this information with Tito, and to see what happens," Trinidad Sr. said.
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