September 14, 2001

Trinidad VS. Hopkins Middleweight Championship Bout Postponed

NEW YORK - The Middleweight World Championship Series finale featuring Felix "Tito" Trinidad vs. Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins originally scheduled for Saturday at Madison Square Garden has been postponed said event promoter Don King.

"This is no time to be having a fight," King said. "I am devastated and torn apart by these despicable acts, and my heart goes out to the victims of this senseless tragedy."

King added: "We are working on a new date and hope to reschedule the fight soon. This is a sold-out fight, the best fight in boxing. I want to keep the fighters in training. September 29 is the date we are zeroing in on.

"We feel deep and profound sorrow for the victims and families of this cowardly act against our country and all humanity. It is a time for all of us to stand together behind President Bush, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

"The loss of life and injuries to so many innocent Americans cannot be measured in any terms. My heart goes out to the families of the courageous firefighters and police officers that gave their lives in a heroic effort to save the lives of others. I consider the firefighters and police officers to be my friends. They are my favorites because they put their lives on the line all of the time. The magnanimity and courage of these guys-that would sacrifice their lives in a time of crisis-is unparalleled and unprecedented. They are the embodiment of what America represents: the courage, faith and performance in the hour of need, selflessly giving of themselves."

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