Originally created 03/03/00

Promoter expects a tough fight

LAS VEGAS -- Don King says David Reid's WBA super welterweight title defense against Felix Trinidad will be "a great exchange of devastating bombs."

The promoter has been known to overstate his case, but the bout Friday night at Caesars Palace figures to be a good one.

Both fighters can punch, and both have been knocked down and gotten up to win.

Trinidad, moving up from 147 pounds to the 154 after his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in the IBF-WBC welterweight title match, said a knockout would make his victory sweeter.

Reid also wants to make it a quick fight.

"I would like to get Trinidad in three or four rounds," the Philadelphian said. "I want to show my skill first and then knock him out."

The 26-year-old Reid, 14-0, with seven knockouts, would seem to have an edge in speed -- quick feet and fast hands.

"He's very quick," acknowledged the 27-year-old Trinidad, 36-0 with 30 knockouts. "But I've also beaten others who have been very quick. He won't be the exception to the rule."

Reid has a plan of his own.

"What I learned is that Trinidad likes to plant his feet to throw the power shots, and I am too fast on my feet for that," he said. "I am planning on being more aggressive and use my feet and power. I plan on making Trinidad miss a lot and outclass him early in the fight."

But Trinidad showed in the early going of the De La Hoya fight that he isn't easily discouraged.

"I have an edge in experience and strength," said the Puerto Rican, who should be stronger at 154 pounds after having had trouble making the 147-pound welterweight limits.

Trinidad's experience is the reason he is a 3-1 favorite.

Trinidad will be hitting a man who is strong and comfortable as a super welterweight. Reid won the 147-pound title in the 1995 Pan American Games, then moved up and won the 156-pound title at the 1996 Olympics.

Reid has knockout power, especially in his right hand, but all three of his 154-pound title matches, two of them title defenses, have gone the distance.

Trinidad handled De La Hoya's right-hand power, but he has been down four times. The knockdowns all came in second rounds, and he has not been down in his last 12 fights.

Reid has been down three times, twice against James Coker and on a flash knockdown on Aug. 28 against Kevin Kelly, when he was looking at his corner and got tagged. It's the kind of mistake that could cost him the fight against someone of Trinidad's class.

The pay-per-view show (SET), beginning at 9 p.m. EST, will be the first of two championship cards in Las Vegas this weekend. It also will also include a match for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title between Julio Gamboa of Nicaragua and Felix Machado of Venezuela.

On Saturday, at Mandalay Bay, Paulie Ayala of Fort Worth, Texas, will defend the WBA bantamweight title against Johnny Bredahl of Denmark, and Nestor Garza of Mexico will defend the WBA super bantamweight title against Clarence Adams of Henderson, Ky.

Those fights will be carried on pay-per-view by TVKO.


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