William Joppy

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William Joppy
Statistics
Real name William Torelle Joppy
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 12 in (184 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 47)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 40
Wins by KO 30
Losses 7
Draws 2

William Torelle Joppy (born September 11, 1970) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2011, and held the WBA middleweight title three times between 1996 and 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Joppy won his first of three WBA middleweight titles 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 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.

Unsuccessful unification against Trinidad[edit]

Joppy lost the title a second time, however, on May 12, 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, 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[edit]

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] He returned to the ring later that year, fighting Baltimore native Cory Cummings to a draw, and subsequently defeated Cummings by unanimous decision in a 2011 rematch.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
49 fights 40 wins 7 losses
By knockout 30 3
By decision 10 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Win 40–7–2 United States Cory Cummings UD 10 Mar 12, 2011 United States Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
48 Loss 39–7–2 Kazakhstan Beibut Shumenov KO 6 (12), 0:15 Jan 8, 2011 Kazakhstan Sport Palace, Shymkent, Kazakhstan For WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles
47 Draw 39–6–2 United States Cory Cummings MD 10 Nov 6, 2010 United States Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
46 Loss 39–6–1 Canada Sébastien Demers MD 10 Mar 6, 2010 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
45 Loss 39–5–1 Romania Lucian Bute TKO 10 (12), 1:08 Feb 29, 2008 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For IBF super middleweight title
44 Win 39–4–1 United States Etianne Whitaker TKO 1, 1:58 Nov 16, 2007 Saint Lucia Beauséjour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
43 Win 38–4–1 United States Virgil McClendon RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Apr 27, 2007 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
42 Win 37–4–1 United States Jonathan Corn KO 5 (10), 2:18 Jul 8, 2006 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
41 Win 36–4–1 United States Eric Howard TKO 5 (8), 2:12 Jan 7, 2006 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Win 35–4–1 United States Rashaan Blackburn TKO 3 (8), 2:08 Jul 29, 2005 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
39 Loss 34–4–1 United States Jermain Taylor UD 12 Dec 4, 2004 United States Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. For WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
38 Loss 34–3–1 United States Bernard Hopkins UD 12 Dec 13, 2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBA (Regular) middleweight title;
For WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
37 Win 34–2–1 Japan Naotaka Hozumi TKO 10 (12), 2:48 Oct 10, 2002 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
36 Win 33–2–1 Guyana Howard Eastman MD 12 Nov 17, 2001 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) middleweight title
35 Loss 32–2–1 Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad TKO 5 (12), 2:25 May 12, 2001 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA middleweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 United States Jonathan Reid TKO 4 (12), 2:43 Dec 2, 2000 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
33 Win 31–1–1 France Hacine Cherifi UD 12 Sep 16, 2000 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 Mexico Rito Ruvalcaba TKO 1 (12), 1:53 May 20, 2000 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 Ecuador Fernando Zuniga UD 10 Mar 3, 2000 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
30 Win 28–1–1 Dominican Republic Julio César Green TKO 7 (12), 1:52 Sep 24, 1999 United States MCI Center, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
29 Win 27–1–1 United States Napoleon Pitt TKO 1 (10), 2:38 Jul 24, 1999 United States Flamingo Hilton, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
28 Win 26–1–1 Panama Roberto Durán TKO 3 (12), 2:54 Aug 28, 1998 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
27 Win 25–1–1 Dominican Republic Julio César Green UD 12 Jan 31, 1998 United States Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, U.S. Won WBA middleweight title
26 Loss 24–1–1 Dominican Republic Julio César Green UD 12 Aug 23, 1997 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA middleweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 Brazil Peter Venancio UD 12 May 10, 1997 United States Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 United States Ray McElroy TKO 7 (12), 1:41 Oct 19, 1996 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S. Retained WBA middleweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 Japan Shinji Takehara TKO 9 (12), 2:29 Jun 24, 1996 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan Won WBA middleweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 United States Dave Boone TKO 2 (10), 1:42 Feb 10, 1996 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 20–0–1 United States Israel Figueroa KO 1 Dec 7, 1995 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
20 Draw 19–0–1 United States Rodney Toney MD 12 Sep 16, 1995 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For NABF middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Dominican Republic Joaquin Velasquez PTS 10 Apr 29, 1995 United States USAir Arena, Landover, Maryland, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Tony McCrimmion KO 3 (10), 2:02 Mar 1, 1995 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Tony Cartel KO 2 Sep 20, 1994 United States Washington, D.C., U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Richard Evans PTS 8 Aug 13, 1994 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Miguel Angel Hernandez KO 3 (6), 1:08 Jul 30, 1994 United States Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Carlos Christie PTS 6 Jun 15, 1994 United Kingdom Elephant and Castle Shopping Center, London, England
13 Win 13–0 United States Carl Sullivan TKO 4 May 13, 1994 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Muhammad Shabazz TKO 5 Apr 14, 1994 United States Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Kenneth Parker KO 2 Apr 8, 1994 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Tony McCrimmion TKO 2 Feb 27, 1994 United States Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Robert Harris KO 1 Feb 17, 1994 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Willie Taylor TKO 3 Jan 7, 1994 United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Tyrone Haywood KO 2 Oct 21, 1993 United States Washington, D.C., U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Ivory Teague KO 2 Sep 25, 1993 United States Prince George's Community College, Largo, Maryland, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States George Taylor KO 3 Aug 13, 1993 United States Prince George's Community College, Largo, Maryland, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Tim Tisdale KO 1 Jun 18, 1993 United States Total Sports Pavilion, Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Shane Martin TKO 3 (4), 2:29 May 12, 1993 United States Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Ken Ruffin TKO 1 Apr 30, 1993 United States Total Sports Pavilion, Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Dwayne Tennet UD 4 Feb 26, 1993 United States Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S. Professional debut

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
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
Lost bid for Super title
Vacant
Title next held by
Maselino Masoe