2000-03-03 Felix Trinidad w pts 12 David Reid, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
2000-03-03 Felix Trinidad w pts 12 David Reid, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 114-107, 114-106, 114-107. Having been dropped by a lead right in the third, Trinidad (153) came back to floor the champion, once in the seventh and three times in the 11th, as he pushed on to a well-earned points win after being deducted two points for low blows, in the sixth and 11th. Reid (153) also lost a point in the ninth for going low. Although Reid showed up well, especially when blocking and moving adroitly to avoid punches, it was the harder hitting Trinidad who gradually took over to take every round from the fifth onwards when moving up a gear. How Reid managed to survive the 11th was amazing, and with his right eye closing fast he bravely endured another battering in the 12th to make sure he reached the final bell.
Within days, Trinidad relinquished his IBF/WBC welterweight titles to concentrate on the 154lbs weight class, feeling that he had increased his punch power by moving up.