by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 05/10/2005
As Saturday approaches the buildup for the fight is really starting to heat up. Felix Trinidad is probably boxing's biggest stars right now and he is out to prove once again he takes on all comers. Felix Trinidad has stepped up to fight undisputed 154 pound king Winky Wright in a fight that is very equal on paper. Winky is a top fighter who has alot of experience and many doubt he has ever lost cleanly. He has never been put down cleanly but Winky has also never faced a puncher like Felix Trinidad, but then again there is no punchers like him. Winky (48-3, 25 KO) comes into the fight as a slight underdog but he will not be easy to run over. Winky not only has a great chin, he has a turtle defense that makes his always covered chin hard to crack. Winky is a peculiar fighter because he is a soft punching stalker who comes forward. Of all fighters who come forward, Wright has the best defense. Winky is not a hard puncher but he is accurate and can wear you down with his workrate.
Felix "Tito" Trinidad (42-1, 35 KO) comes into the fight on another career high after blowing out the crass Ricardo Mayorga in October in humiliating fashion. Mayorga is known as a bully and a dirty fighter, but after a few rounds with Tito he was busted up and whining to the referee. Tito just simply had too much skill and when you are as easy to hit as Mayorga, it is gonna be a long night. Doc's had some of trouble picking this fight but as usual they are ready with another 100% guaranteed pick. Tito dropped him with body shots, uppercuts and of course his Hall of Fame left hook. Mayorga and Wright couldn't be any more different. Wright would have gave Mayorga a good whooping too, although minus the knockdowns and stoppage. Felix Trinidad took 2 years off and Mayorga was the perfect fight back, but he did nothing to prepare Tito for Winky. Wright is not only has a frustrating style, he is also a southpaw. Felix Trinidad has not faced a southpaw since Pernell Whitaker in 1999, and even then Pernell was past his prime and too small for Tito.
Winky is not a big fighter at 160, but he should have enough size for it not
to be a factor in this fight. A left hook can be very hard to land against
any southpaw, and Winky's shell defense may also make it hard to land cleanly.
Felix Trinidad used to be known as a one armed fighter but in recent years
he has shown a sharp right hand that can not only hurt top fighters but also
stop them. Offensively Trinidad has no weaknesses other than he doesn't have
much of a jab.
Felix Trinidad will be wise to jab and use foot movement to set up his power shots. Tito does need space to get his punches off and Winky is great at getting close and smothering with short accurate shots. Because Trinidad cannot depend on a KO, he must make sure he doesn't give away too many rounds by looking for that one big shot. Winky is well prepared for that type of fight and with that strategy I don't think Tito would have much of a chance of winning or catching Winky. Trinidad needs to bounce on his feet and jab and set up his right hand and left hook from the outside. Winky is not a good outside fighter and I think he can be hurt if he is not right on top of you. The fight is strange because a soft punching defensive fighter will be trying all night to get inside and land clean shots trying to overwhelm Felix Trinidad. Tito's accuracy and clean punches can be used to keep Winky off of him if Tito circles Winky and tries to potshot him.
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