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Richard Hoffer
May 17, 1999
Good NEWS-Bad NEWS for boxing fans: Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad will be throwing punches again this month—but unfortunately, not at each other. De La Hoya, the undefeated WBC welterweight champion, evidently between long-distance-dialing-plan commercials, faces Oba Carr on Saturday night in Las Vegas; a week later in San Juan, undefeated IBF 147-pound champ Trinidad defends his title against Vincent Pettway. Chances for an eventual showdown between two of boxing's most compelling fighters improved last week when De La Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum, offered $10 million, to be divvied up by Trinidad and his promoter, Don King, for a Trinidad-De La Hoya bout. The fight could happen as early as September....
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May 17, 1999

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Good NEWS-Bad NEWS for boxing fans: Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad will be throwing punches again this month—but unfortunately, not at each other. De La Hoya, the undefeated WBC welterweight champion, evidently between long-distance-dialing-plan commercials, faces Oba Carr on Saturday night in Las Vegas; a week later in San Juan, undefeated IBF 147-pound champ Trinidad defends his title against Vincent Pettway. Chances for an eventual showdown between two of boxing's most compelling fighters improved last week when De La Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum, offered $10 million, to be divvied up by Trinidad and his promoter, Don King, for a Trinidad-De La Hoya bout. The fight could happen as early as September....

David Reid, the only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, is now 12-0 as a pro and holds the WBA junior middleweight belt. He is still bothered, however, by a drooping left eyelid, a condition caused by a punch during the 1995 Pan Am Games. Reid had a lid-lift operation after his title-winning unanimous decision over Laurent Boudouani in March and is back in the gym preparing for a mandatory defense against Kevin Kelly of Australia in July....

WBO featherweight champ Prince Naseem Hamed, who split last year with his longtime trainer Brendan Ingle, is reportedly set to begin training with ubiquitous guru Emanuel Steward....

Last Saturday night at the Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center just outside Miami, 20-year-old Hector Camacho Jr. ran his record to 21-0 (II KOs) with a first-round knockout of Roberto Nu�ez. Camacho Jr. is being trained by his father, flamboyant former world champ Hector Sr., who likes to go by the name of Macho and is given to fighting in loincloths and rhinestones. "He has me looking at old fight films of himself," the younger Camacho told the New York Daily News last week. Hey, as long as he's not looking at old costume designs.

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