1997-05-10 William Joppy w pts 12 Peter Venancio, Coconut Grove Convention Centre, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA

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1997-05-10 William Joppy w pts 12 Peter Venancio, Coconut Grove Convention Centre, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA. Referee: Bill Connors. Scorecards: 114-113, 115-112, 114-112. Making his second defence, Joppy (159) was surprisingly set about by Venancio (159) right at the start of the contest, but after taking the next two rounds he dropped the Brazilian with a right to the head in the fourth. Many of the rounds were close and there was never much between them, but in the tenth Joppy dropped his man again, this time with a right to the head, only for Venancio to close the gap by winning the last two sessions on all of the cards.