2000-07-22 Felix Trinidad w rsc 3 Mamadou Thiam, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA

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2000-07-22 Felix Trinidad w rsc 3 Mamadou Thiam, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA. Referee: Jorge Alonso. Making his first defence, Trinidad (154) hardly gave Thiam (152½) time to settle before he jumped on him and began blasting away with power-laden blows from both hands. How Thiam stayed on his feet as he was blasted around the ring was amazing, but when he finally made it to the bell his right eye was already closed shut with the prospect of more to come. Although Thiam remained upright in the second round, even firing back at Trinidad on occasion, with just 12 seconds remaining in the third the referee called it off. With Thiam staggering about and turning towards his corner, having been knocked sideways by a long left uppercut, the third man’s decision was an easy one.