Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad

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The Fight of the Millennium
DateSeptember 18, 1999
VenueMandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
Title(s) on the lineWBC and IBF welterweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya Félix Trinidad
Nickname The Golden Boy Tito
Hometown East Los Angeles, CA, US Cupey Alto, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pre-fight record 31-0 (25 KO) 35-0 (30 KO)
Height 5 ft 10+12 in (179 cm) 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 147 lb (67 kg) 147 lb (67 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC welterweight champion
The Ring pound-for-pound No. 1 ranked fighter
4-division world champion
IBF welterweight champion
The Ring pound-for-pound No. 4 ranked fighter
Result
Trinidad wins via 12–round majority decision (114–114, 115–114, 115–113)

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad, billed as The Fight of the Millennium, was a boxing match held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip on September 18, 1999, to unify the WBC and IBF welterweight championships.[1]

After twelve tensely fought rounds, Trinidad was declared the winner by a majority decision.[2]

Planned by promoters Bob Arum and Don King, it pitted WBC world champion Oscar De La Hoya, a Mexican American, Los Angeles native, versus Puerto Rican IBF world champion Félix Trinidad. It was the last of the so-called superfights of the 20th century.[3]

The bout set the pay-per-view record for a non-heavyweight fight with 1.4 million ($70 million) buys on HBO and $12.9 million in ticket sales, until it was broken by De La Hoya-Mayweather on May 5, 2007. It set the record 2.4 million buys, the most in boxing history until that was surpassed by Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015 with the record of 4.4 million buys.

In 2014, both boxers were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Springer (September 23, 1999). "Four days after his controversial loss to Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya sits down and watches the fight with the Times and says: 'I demand a rematch'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (1999-09-19). "BOXING; Trinidad Scores Stunning Upset In a Decision Vs. De La Hoya". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-09-26.
  3. ^ a b "20 years later: Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya". ESPN.com. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2024-01-17.
  4. ^ "Oscar De La Hoya honored to be in the Hall of Fame". ESPN.com. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2024-01-17.