William Joppy

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William Joppy
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Real nameWilliam Torelle Joppy
Rated atLight heavyweight
Height175 cm
Reach185 cm
NationalityUnited States U.S.
Born(1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 42)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins40
Wins by KO30
Losses7
Draws2
No contests0
 
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William Joppy
Statistics
Real nameWilliam Torelle Joppy
Rated atLight heavyweight
Height175 cm
Reach185 cm
NationalityUnited States U.S.
Born(1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 42)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins40
Wins by KO30
Losses7
Draws2
No contests0

William Torelle Joppy (born September 11, 1970) is an American middleweight boxer. Joppy held the WBA middleweight title on three occasions. He first became the WBA champion in June 1996 by stopping defender Shinji Takehara in Japan with a flurry of punches in the ninth round. He then would make a couple defenses of his crown. However, on August 23, 1997, Joppy lost a controversial decision to Julio César Green. Joppy's very next fight, on January 31 of the next year, saw him avenge that loss with a decision win by a wide margin. This fight won Joppy the WBA title for the second time. After recovering from a neck injury, Joppy stopped Green on cuts in the seventh round in a rubber match (Green had been the interim champion while Joppy recovered), and made a few more defenses, including a 3rd round TKO of a 47 year old Roberto Durán.

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Unsuccessful unification

Joppy lost the title a second time, however, on May 13, 2001, to Félix Trinidad in the middleweight unification tournament. Joppy was knocked down in rounds one and four before finally being stopped in the fifth. After the WBA title was vacated due to Bernard Hopkins beating Trinidad and being very dubiously declared a "super champion", Joppy had the chance to fight for it again. He claimed the title from British contender Howard Eastman in a close majority decision where he was knocked down by Eastman in the final few seconds.

On December 14, 2003, Joppy lost his title to Bernard Hopkins, losing by a wide points margin on all three judges' cards. A year later, Joppy lost another lopsided unanimous decision against Jermain Taylor.

Joppy returned as a Super Middleweight on July 29, 2005 knocking out journeyman Rashaan Blackburn in the third round. Joppy said then that he hoped to have one final title run as a Super Middleweight before retirement. After a string of five victories against lesser opponents, Joppy obtained a title fight against the new IBF champion Lucian Bute on February 29, 2008. Bute won by way of technical knockout in round 10 and Joppy retired after the bout, only to come back two years later.

Retirement

Following a close decision loss to Sebastien Demers in March 2010 Joppy announced his retirement from boxing, although it was not the first time that Joppy has announced that he is leaving the sport.[1] As of March, 2008, Joppy's record stands at 39 wins (30 by way of knockout), 6 losses (2 by way of knockout), and one draw.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Shinji Takehara
WBA Middleweight Champion
June 24, 1996 – August 23, 1997
Succeeded by
Julio César Green
Preceded by
Julio César Green
WBA Middleweight Champion
January 31, 1998 – May 12, 2001
Succeeded by
Félix Trinidad
Vacant
Title last held by
Félix Trinidad
as Champion
WBA Middleweight Champion
Regular Title

November 17, 2001 – December 13, 2003
Title unified by Bernard Hopkins
Vacant
Title next held by
Maselino Masoe