Monday, August 20, 2001
TRINIDAD CAMP, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Trinidad camp held a news conference On Thursday at the Marriott Hotel Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over 150 people attended, including local politicians, hotel guests and over fifty media members. The hotel presented some of Tito's memorabilia that included old trunks, gloves, shoes, and a belt that will be housed in a permanent display in the gaming lounge of the hotel. After the hotel presentation, Tito accommodated the crowd by signing autographs and posing for photos.
At the press conference, trainer, manager and father, Trinidad, Sr. discussed their preparation for the upcoming Undisputed Middleweight Championship bout against Hopkins and how the press' access will be affected. In the past Trinidad's training camp had been open to the media one day per week, normally on Thursday or Friday. For this fight, it is different. "We are making some preparations that we haven't done in the past, and we've tried to do it without making anyone feel bad," explained Trinidad, Sr. "I know there are some bad feelings because we've pretty much shut ourselves in. We haven't given the press the same room we normally give them. It hasn't been because of a lack of trust. It's just that this could be a very complicated fight and we need to have a very focused training." At this time, Tito is focusing on fighting technique and is nearing his strength training.
"Some people say I give Tito special protection because he is my son. That is not true. I give all the fighters that I manage the same protection," continued Trinidad, Sr. "If I ever think that Tito's ego is over inflated, I just pull out my air gauge and make the necessary adjustments."
Felix "Tito" Trinidad's detailed training regimen is as follows:
4:30 a.m. Wake-up call
5:00 _ 6:30 or 7 Run. He sometimes runs in the El Yunque rain forest, his home area, or the track around the hotel. After his run, he'll visit his mother for coffee.
7:00 a.m. Weight training - free weights and Nautilus machines
8:00 a.m. Shower and breakfast
9:00 a.m._1:00 p.m. Nap
1:30 p.m. Picked up for boxing gym training at the International Longshoremen's Association
They are training at this location for the first time because of the privacy afforded there.
2 _ 6:30 or 7:00 Training
ETC His mother's special home-cooked chicken soup in the only personal indulgence Felix allows himself during his strict training regiment. He rarely sees his wife, restricts himself to brief family visits in the hotel lobby and adheres to a special diet, except for the chicken soup, designed by his personal dietician Dr. Bobby Muñoz. In the community, Tito readily accepts being a role model. He enjoys speaking to teens and "elderly folks," and goes to hospitals to visit sick people. Trinidad realizes that at his level, it is time to "reacquaint and cooperate."
HOPKINS CAMP, Prince Ranch, Nevada
Old School Camp Conditions
Most of today's champions set up camp with a lot of personnel - a cook, conditioning coach, nutritionist and masseuse. Not so for Bernard Hopkins. As most people know, Bernard is always in shape and trains even when he's not preparing for a fight. Old school camp conditions are nothing out of the ordinary. In the tradition of Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Carmen Basilio,
The Executioner's camp is nothing but bare bones as he continues to "prepare for war." Hopkins' camp includes only his head trainer, his chief second, a couple of sparring partners and the camp coordinator. In fact, head trainer Bowie Fisher, also acts as the camp's cook. He prepares all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes a choice of chicken or fish along with a healthy portion of vegetables.
He has been sparring daily, only the number of rounds that he spars changes. "Get up train eat breakfast watch tapes take a nap," explained Bernard about his routine. "Then I get up from my nap train eat watch some tapes go to bed."
ETC Bernard Hopkins has been at the ranch for just over two weeks, and has been virtually isolated since his arrival except for a brief telephone conversation with his wife. However, he did receive a surprise phone call the other day. "Hi, daddy," said the small voice on the other end of the phone. It was his 2 ½ -year-old daughter Patrice, just "calling to say that I miss you and love you."
Trinidad vs. Hopkins: And Then There Was One _ will be live on Pay-Per-View, Saturday, September 15, 2001, and available to over 46 million homes beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT .