The Middleweight World Championship Series
The Middleweight World Championship Series was a 2001 unification tournament held at Madison Square Garden, promoted by Don King, and televised by HBO. The goal of the series was to produce a unified middleweight champion. The victor would take home the WBA, WBC, and IBF 160-pound belts and become the first undisputed middleweight king since Marvelous Marvin Hagler held the distinction from 1980 until 1987. The winner would also be awarded a specially commissioned Sugar Ray Robinson trophy.
The boxers in the tournament were William Joppy (WBA middleweight champion), Keith Holmes (WBC middleweight champion), Bernard Hopkins (IBF middleweight champion), and Felix Trinidad (WBA & IBF junior middleweight champion).
The first semifinal pitted Hopkins against Holmes on April 14. Hopkins won by a lopsided unanimous decision. The second semifinal matched Trinidad against Joppy on May 12, which Trinidad won by a fifth-round knockout.
The final between Hopkins and Trinidad was originally scheduled for September 15, but it was postponed until September 29 due to the September 11 terrorist attack. Hopkins, a 2 to 1 underdog, won by a twelfth-round TKO to become the Undisputed World Middleweight Champion.