Boxing Legend Felix Trinidad Visits Rashad Evans in Puerto Rico
By FCF Staff
Just a few weeks ahead of his April 21st title fight with UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, former champion Rashad Evans headed to Puerto Rico to hold an open workout. One of the people in attendance was none other than the highly decorated boxer Felix “Tito” Trinidad, who is one of the island’s national heroes.
Here is some of what Trinidad and Evans had to say about their meeting.
Evans: “The visit to Puerto Rica was one of the craziest things I’ve done in my UFC career, and I’ve been here since 2005. The fans went crazy, it was so cool to be part of that. I couldn’t believe the response.”
“I have a lot of regard for Tito as a fighter. He’s one of those fighters that I watched growing up and in many ways would try to emulate his style. He was very fast, had great power, but was so mart too. He brought a lot of pressure forward, always moving, always bouncing, always putting the heat on, and that’s a style I’ve tried to emulate.”
“It’s exciting and kind of surreal to meet Tito. I remember watching him on TV when he was going through his thing and the spotlight was on him and all the behind the scenes coverage on him and now I get to meet him as it’s my turn.”
Trinidad: “The truth is MMA and UFC is something that’s taking over the world and we love it in Puerto Rico. We are what they call “hot blooded” – we love fighting and love watching UFC events.”
“I’ve never thought about training an MMA fighter, but honestly, I’d love to help if it’s a Puerto Rican fighter. If he’s from Puerto Rico, I will help him with his boxing. It doesn’t matter who it is. If he’s from Puerto Rico, I will help him.”
“I salute all the fans of MMA and UFC. The sport is getting bigger and bigger in Puerto Rico. This is going to be a hit. This will be a hit for real.”
The Jones-Evans bout will be hosted by Atlanta’s Phillips Arena and will be available by pay-per-view.