History | Feb 20 2019

On This Day: Defensive genius Pernell Whitaker beaten clearly for the first time

Felix Trinidad beats Pernell Whitaker to put himself in prime position for a unification clash with Oscar De La Hoya, writes Sam Corbishley
Pernell Whitaker
Whitaker fights Trinidad at Madison Square Garden Action Images/Reuters

1. BOTH Felix Trinidad and Pernell Whitaker were coming back after lengthy lay-offs in this February 20, 1999 Madison Square Garden clash for Trinidad’s IBF welterweight title before 13,822 fans.

2. TRINIDAD, 33-0-0 (28), had been out of the ring for 10 months due to a lengthy battle in the courts to free himself from Don King – a battle he lost. King promptly presented Tito with a new long-term contract which included this fight with Whitaker.

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