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Trinidad Will Fight Again in May

January 17, 2002

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Former middleweight world champion Felix Trinidad said Thursday he will face Frenchman Hacine Cherifi in a 10-round middleweight match on May 11 in San Juan.

Trinidad has not fought since September when he was knocked out in the 12th round by Bernard Hopkins in a fight for the undisputed middleweight championship Sept. 29 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

``I’ve decided to remain active in boxing and I will fight Cherifi,″ said Trinidad, speaking at a news conference in a resort outside San Juan.

Before being knocked out by Hopkins, Trinidad was unbeaten in 40 fights and held championships in three weight classes.

Trinidad, a former welterweight and super welterweight champion from Puerto Rico, was fighting as a middleweight for the only second time when he lost to Hopkins. He won the WBA 160 pound title by stopping William Joppy in the fifth round last May 12.

He was seeking the IBF-WBC titles against Hopkins.

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