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Felix Trinidad lured out of retirement to face Roy Jones


Felix Trinidad doesn't speak English so well, yet made his position very clear.

Only one fighter could lure him from retirement: Roy Jones Jr.

"Roy Jones is one of the biggest and greatest champions ever in boxing," Trinidad said on Monday. "But he's never faced a puncher like me."

He will in January, when the two stars meet at an undetermined site in what promoter Don King is already calling "the people's championship."

Both have agreed to fight at 77kg -- 4.5kg more than Trinidad has ever carried into the ring, and just more than 2kg less than what Jones weighed when he beat previously undefeated Anthony Hanshaw last month.

He hasn't fought since losing to Winky Wright in May 2005 and has only prevailed in two bouts in the last six years. But when King flew to Puerto Rico about two months ago to gauge his interest in a comeback, Trinidad quickly said he'd be open to a matchup with Jones.

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