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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1997
Unbeaten middleweight champion William Joppy has his boxing future mapped out.Joppy, 26, who owns the World Boxing Association share of the 160-pound title, is intent on unifying the title as soon as possible."
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2003
By his very nature, Ricardo Mayorga is boxing's oxymoron. The Nicaraguan fighter has been known to sip hard liquor between rounds when sparring and smoke a pack of cigarettes daily, yet be able to fight with endless stamina and ferocity. He is nicknamed "El Matador," but it's Mayorga who is the bull in his bouts, often charging ahead with reckless abandon. On Saturday, Mayorga faces Cory Spinks in a welterweight world title bout, one of five pay-per-view fights from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Mayorga holds the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association crowns, and Spinks, son of former heavyweight Leon Spinks, possesses the International Boxing Federation's 147-pound title.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 2000
Boxing manager Steve Nelson needed only a short sales pitch to persuade World Boxing Association middleweight champion William Joppy it was time for him to sever ties with Washington adviser J. D. Brown and consider seeking a release from promoter Don King. "All I told him was that he was the best champion nobody knows," said Nelson, who also co-manages heavyweight contender Hasim Rahman of Baltimore with Stan Hoffman. Nelson signed Joppy to a three-year agreement guaranteeing him at least four fights a year.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 11, 2003
WASHINGTON - Baltimore native Hasim Rahman was involved in yet another brawl at yet another promotional boxing event, but unlike his wrestling match with Lennox Lewis that destroyed an ESPN set two years ago, this time, it was as peacemaker. During yesterday's news conference at the Hotel Washington, where Rahman (35-4-1, 29 knockouts) was promoting his Dec. 13 fight with John Ruiz (38-5-1, 27 KOs) for the interim World Boxing Association crown, Rahman used his massive hands and 6-foot-3 body to break up a 10-minute fracas involving middleweights Bernard Hopkins and Rahman's stablemate, William Joppy.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
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.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1999
World Boxing Association middleweight champion William Joppy, who was scheduled to make a mandatory defense of his title Feb. 6 against top-ranked Darren Obah of Australia, suffered a severe neck injury in a car accident yesterday, leaving his ring future in doubt.Joppy's adviser, Ollie Dunlap, said the Washington fighter hit his head on the windshield after the other driver collided with the side of his car as he was leaving the Round One gym in Bladensburg after training early yesterday.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1999
World Boxing Association middleweight champion William Joppy of Washington, who suffered a neck injury in an auto accident in Capitol Heights on Monday afternoon, was told by doctors at Prince George's General Hospital yesterday that he will likely be able to resume his boxing career in "two to three months," according to the fighter's adviser, Ollie Dunlap.A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed that Joppy, 28, sustained a hairline fracture to his seventh vertebra (at the base of his neck)
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1996
UPPER MARLBORO -- One man carried the look and punch of a light-heavyweight. The other appeared as if he were no more than a meal past the welterweight limit. Looks were not deceiving.With a storm of right hands, a dozen in number and delivered in a space of 30 to 40 seconds, William Joppy retained his WBA middleweight title last night at the Show Place Arena, stopping Ray McElroy in 1: 41 of the sixth round.In a co-championship fight, Keith Holmes of Washington was favored to retain his WBC 160-pound crown against the challenge of Richie Woodhall from Telford, England.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1996
UPPER MARLBORO -- The man assigned to drive Richie Woodhall from his hotel to the Show Place Arena just 20 minutes distant knew the way. He had made the trip to the site of tonight's double-championship fight card a couple of times the day before."
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2000
LAS VEGAS - Seabrook, Md., middleweight William Joppy's no-nonsense approach to boxing is devoid of gimmicks. Unlike Fernando Vargas, there is no "Ferocious," before his name. No "Executioner," like Bernard Hopkins. Yet his handlers say he is, in boxing, what James Brown was to show business, and that, just like Rodney Dangerfield, all Joppy wants is respect. "Joppy's the hardest working man in the sport," said Stan Hoffman, co-manager with Steve Nelson of the World Boxing Association champ.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2001
LAS VEGAS - When last seen, Washington-area middleweight William Joppy was getting off the canvas after having lost his World Boxing Association title via fifth-round knockout against Felix Trinidad. Last night, the Seabrook resident outboxed and out-hustled hard-punching Englishman Howard Eastman to win a majority decision. Joppy survived a 12th-round knockdown from consecutive right hands to the jaw by Eastman (32-1, 29 knockouts) to regain that crown under a strange set of circumstances.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2001
Late fight: Last night's title fight between Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis ended too late for this edition. A complete report can be found in later editions or on the Internet at http://www.sunspot.net. LAS VEGAS - Five years ago in a World Boxing Association title rematch with Lennox Lewis, Oliver McCall left the ring in tears, having suffered an apparent nervous breakdown. When the fight was stopped, Lewis regained the crown he lost to McCall by second-round KO just three years earlier.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2001
LAS VEGAS - Former middleweight champion William Joppy got a little help from an unexpected friend while training in Big Bear, Calif., for his title bout against Great Britain's Howard Eastman. Adding some spice to his high-altitude workouts was welterweight champion Shane Mosley, considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Mosley showed up at the training sessions and regularly worked out with Joppy. Joppy (32-2-1, 24 KOs) and Eastman (32-0, 29 KOs) will fight Saturday night for the vacant World Boxing Association title on the undercard of the Hasim Rahman-Lennox Lewis heavyweight championship rematch.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
In training for his May 12 fight at New York's Madison Square Garden against Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad -- the biggest fight of his career -- middleweight champion William Joppy is borrowing a page from his stablemate, Baltimore heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. Joppy, speaking from his training camp in the "House of Champions" facility in New York's Catskill Mountains, said during a conference call Thursday that he's doing the same things Rahman did before heading off to South Africa for last week's fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2001
WASHINGTON - After his ninth-round knockout of Quincy Taylor earned him the World Boxing Council crown on March 16, 1996, Washington middleweight Keith Holmes offered solace to one of his weeping daughters. "She was in my corner, crying after the fight, didn't like seeing daddy in there," said Holmes, 30, who briefly lost that crown to Hassine Cherifi of France after two defenses, then regained it from Cherifi two fights later. "I told her, `Baby, don't cry, daddy's taking you to the toy store.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2000
LAS VEGAS - Seabrook, Md., middleweight William Joppy's no-nonsense approach to boxing is devoid of gimmicks. Unlike Fernando Vargas, there is no "Ferocious," before his name. No "Executioner," like Bernard Hopkins. Yet his handlers say he is, in boxing, what James Brown was to show business, and that, just like Rodney Dangerfield, all Joppy wants is respect. "Joppy's the hardest working man in the sport," said Stan Hoffman, co-manager with Steve Nelson of the World Boxing Association champ.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
In training for his May 12 fight at New York's Madison Square Garden against Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad -- the biggest fight of his career -- middleweight champion William Joppy is borrowing a page from his stablemate, Baltimore heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. Joppy, speaking from his training camp in the "House of Champions" facility in New York's Catskill Mountains, said during a conference call Thursday that he's doing the same things Rahman did before heading off to South Africa for last week's fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2001
LAS VEGAS - When last seen, Washington-area middleweight William Joppy was getting off the canvas after having lost his World Boxing Association title via fifth-round knockout against Felix Trinidad. Last night, the Seabrook resident outboxed and out-hustled hard-punching Englishman Howard Eastman to win a majority decision. Joppy survived a 12th-round knockdown from consecutive right hands to the jaw by Eastman (32-1, 29 knockouts) to regain that crown under a strange set of circumstances.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2000
Sometime after 11 tonight, Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman will step into the same Atlantic City boxing ring he was literally knocked out of in early November. Russia's Oleg Maskaev (19-2, 14 knockouts), the man whose right hand punched Rahman through the ropes and nearly into the laps of ringside HBO commentators, also will step into that same ring - but it won't be against Rahman. Rahman (32-2, 26) will take on South Africa's World Boxing Union champion, Corrie Sanders, (36-1, 26)
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 2000
Boxing manager Steve Nelson needed only a short sales pitch to persuade World Boxing Association middleweight champion William Joppy it was time for him to sever ties with Washington adviser J. D. Brown and consider seeking a release from promoter Don King. "All I told him was that he was the best champion nobody knows," said Nelson, who also co-manages heavyweight contender Hasim Rahman of Baltimore with Stan Hoffman. Nelson signed Joppy to a three-year agreement guaranteeing him at least four fights a year.
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