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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 21:20 GMT 22:20 UK
Trinidad fight rescheduled
William Joppy (right) is one of Trinidad's 40 victims to date
Felix Trinidad floors William Joppy earlier this year
Felix Trinidad will fight Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed middleweight boxing championship of the world on 29 September.

The bout was postponed from 15 September following the terrorist attacks in America.

It will still be held at Madison Square Garden, just over a mile from the ruins of the World Trade Centre in New York.

Promoter Don King said: "President George W Bush, governor George Pataki and mayor Rudolph Giuliani have appealed to Americans to get back to work.

Bernard Hopkins has 28 knockouts to his name
Hopkins: Confident of success
"In this moment of grief and tragedy, I support their leadership 100%."

King said the fight would "bring New Yorkers together to show that Americans will continue to stand proud with unity, solidarity and togetherness".

Puerto Rico's Trinidad, the World Boxing Association champion, is 40-0 with 33 knockouts.

Hopkins, an American who has defaced the Puerto Rican flag in pre-fight hype, is 39-2 with one drawn and 28 knockouts.

He holds the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles.


I'm disappointed that I have to wait to show the world that I'm the best middleweight
Bernard Hopkins
The new fight date was found after the World Wrestling Championships were struck from the Madison Square Garden schedule over security and safety concerns.

The famous sporting venue is currently being used as a shelter to help the city recover from the terrorist devastation.

Both fighters had been in New York when the attacks took place.

"I'm disappointed that I have to wait to show the world that I'm the best middleweight," said Hopkins at the time.

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