1999-09-18 Felix Trinidad w pts 12 Oscar De La Hoya, Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC
1999-09-18 Felix Trinidad w pts 12 Oscar De La Hoya, Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-114, 114-114. In most eyes De La Hoya (147) retained his WBC title and won the IBF crown, but the judges saw it differently when giving their votes for aggression rather than quality boxing. It was really a case of Trinidad (147) throwing more punches, many of them not landing cleanly, and De La Hoya doubling up with the jab and more often than not finding the target. By the end of the fifth, Trinidad’s left eye was damaged, and in the sixth De La Hoya moved in with excellent combinations which he repeatedly threw from there onwards before tiring towards the end. The last three rounds saw De La Hoya moving away from Trinidad, which could have given the impression that he was being chased down, whereas in reality he was allowing the one-dimensional Puerto Rican to merely follow him around until the final bell.
After Trinidad relinquished the IBF/WBC versions of the title in March 2000 on moving up to junior middle, De La Hoya was reinstated as the WBC champion. Meantime, the IBF set up a fight between Vernon Forrest and Raul Frank to find their new champion.