Felix Trinidad & Yordenis Ugas
Boxing legend Felix “Tito” Trinidad joined WBA Welterweight
World Champion Yordenis Ugas for a virtual press conference
Monday as the fighters discussed their journeys to boxing
glory and previewed Ugas’ upcoming welterweight championship
unification clash against WBC and IBF champion Errol “The
Truth” Spence Jr. taking place Saturday, April 16 live on
SHOWTIME PPV from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The virtual conversation was hosted by SHOWTIME® Boxing
analyst and former world champion Raúl “El Diamante” Márquez.
Tickets for the April 16 live event at AT&T Stadium, which
is promoted by TGB Promotions and Man Down Promotions, are
on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the
Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.
Just the 12th unification fight in the rich history of the
welterweight division, Spence vs. Ugas will join other
classic unification matchups at the weight class such as
“Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I and Floyd Mayweather
vs. Manny Pacquiao. Ugas will look to join Trinidad on the
list of unified welterweight champions, as Trinidad unified
147-pound belts in a 1999 victory over Oscar De La Hoya.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
“I remember watching Felix when I was a teenager and he
fought against De La Hoya. Everyone in Cuba was talking
about it. That fight really blew my mind. It was amazing to
watch Felix go toe-to-toe with Oscar. To see Felix achieve
something so incredible was a great inspiration.
“Ismael Salas is one of the best trainers in the world. When
I was out of the sport for over two years, I went to the gym
with him and he built me back up to where I am now. He’s
been a great influence in my boxing career and he’s helped
me reach the heights I’ve been able to achieve.
“I love my country, but I am also always asking for a free
Cuba, because I want a better future for the country that I
represent and love with all of my heart.
“I did my job against Manny Pacquiao. I took the fight on 11
days’ notice. Whatever Spence said about what he would have
done against Pacquao, I’m not concerned. I’m only focused on
the challenge that I have against Spence.
“I had to leave Cuba on a speedboat, never knowing if I’d
see my family again. I didn’t see them for almost a decade.
I had to overcome everything alone. Not only professionally,
but personally I had a lot to overcome.
“I’m a competitor, I would have put my best foot forward in
any decade. I would have loved to fight Trinidad and the
other fighters of his era. I could have won, I could have
lost, but I would have loved to face those challenges.
“This is such a dream come true to be here talking with one
of my idols in Felix Trinidad. It’s truly amazing. I’m very
thankful to be in this position.”
FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD, 2014 International Boxing Hall of
“When I watched the Manny Pacquiao fight, I watched Ugas
represent Cuba in an amazing way. I believe that Ugas can
emulate what he did against Pacquiao in the fight against
Spence. His speed and precision is going to wow the crowd in
“This is going to be a fight of a champion against a
champion. When I fought De La Hoya, I knew that I had to go
all out and couldn’t leave anything in the tank. I believe
in Ugas and he’s going to make us all proud.
“Errol is a rangy southpaw. Instead of trying to go up
against their right hand, I’d let a southpaw throw their
biggest shot and dodge it, so that I could deliver my most
powerful shot. I’d tell Ugas to let Spence throw that left
hand and dodge it.
“I was fortunate as a Puerto Rican and a U.S. citizen where
I could always feel the support of my family throughout my
career. I had a very close circle of trust and that helped
“Ugas’ best attributes are similar to mines. It’s the
conditioning and the mentality. He brings what he works on
in training and uses it in the fight so well. He brings that
preparation into the ring just like I used to. It makes me
believe in him and I know that he’s going to do well.
“I would tell Ugas to stay close and be on offense. Don’t
let Spence come to you instead. Right jab and left uppercut
is the combination that is going to work best for him.
“I had a wonderful career with so many memorable experiences
and great fights. Now I’m concentrating on my family and
this is a chapter I’ve been treasuring a lot. I’m very happy
with the life that I’m living now.”