Hopkins open to a Trinidad rematch

Bernard Hopkins routed Felix Trinidad nearly eight years ago. Why would anyone want to see it again? (Photo by Al Bello / Getty Images)

Though he says he isn't aggressively going after the fight contrary to earlier rumors, Bernard Hopkins says he'd consider a rematch with Felix Trinidad, a fighter he demolished nearly eight years ago.

Hopkins told Primera Hora (via BoxingScene.com) that he hasn't been contacted by Trinidad's promoter Don King or by Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy about a fight with Trinidad. He does add, though, "The possibility of a second fight with him would interest me. ... It's something that should have happened many years ago. Although we are no longer the same [fighters] that we were eight years ago, it would still be an attractive fight."

Early fan response to this online has been cold, to put it nicely. Some fans and writers have expressed actual outrage at the very idea of a fight between 44-year old Hopkins and 36-year old Trinidad, in large part because Trinidad did so poorly fighting at 170 pounds against Roy Jones Jr. last January. While Hopkins is eight years older than Tito, it is Trinidad who is the more washed-up fighter.

The fight would probably do OK with the Puerto Rican audience, but I'm just not sure there's anyone else that wants to see this one at all. I was interested to see what Tito had left last year, and it turned out he really had nothing left, at least not at that weight. I'm part of the legion that has absolutely no interest in seeing Hopkins-Trinidad II. The first time they met it wasn't close. Why would this time be any different?

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