2 from D.C. face October challenges Holmes, Joppy to defend middleweight crowns

September 11, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Keith Holmes and William Joppy, two Washington-area fighters who each own a piece of the world middleweight crown, will put their respective titles on the line Oct. 19 at the D.C. Starplex Armory.

Holmes (28-1), who won the World Boxing Council crown by knocking out Quincy Taylor last March, will face the sterner test.

He will be making a mandatory defense against top-ranked Richie Woodhall of England. Woodhall, more boxer than puncher, is 20-0 as a pro and captured the European title last year by stopping Silvio Branco in nine rounds.

Holmes is being handled by Janks Morton, who also played a role in Sugar Ray Leonard's championship reign.

Joppy, co-managed by J. D. Brown and Ollie Dunlap, will put his 22-0-1 record and World Boxing Association title on the line against Lonnie Davis of Brooklyn, N.Y. Davis, only recently elevated to contender status, has compiled a 10-1 mark against obscure rivals.

Joppy, who ultimately hopes to challenge Holmes in a title-unifying match, won the WBA crown last June, journeying to Tokyo to knock out champion Shinji Takehara in the ninth round.

NOTES: The co-feature on the USA Cable boxing card scheduled at the Pikesville Armory on Tuesday night has been changed. Derrell Coley, who was to have fought Kipp Diggs for the North American Boxing Federation welterweight title, reportedly injured his back in training and withdrew.

Coley will be replaced by Curtis Peoples of Washington, who won the state title last year by out-pointing local welter Ed Griffin.

Tony Martin of Philadelphia and Skipper Kelp of Las Vegas will battle for the U.S. Boxing Association welterweight crown.

Hasim Rahman, Baltimore's unbeaten heavyweight hope, has signed to fight former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick in Atlantic City on Oct. 25.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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