1997-08-23 Julio Cesar Green w pts 12 William Joppy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA
1997-08-23 Julio Cesar Green w pts 12 William Joppy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: Wayne Kelly. Scorecards: 114-112, 113-112, 116-113. Shocked when he was dropped by a solid left hook from Green (159) in the second, the champion came back well in the third when putting the latter down twice, but was unable to find a finishing blow in that session as hard as he tried. Having damaged his right hand in the third, Joppy (160) began to box on the back foot and although scoring well with the jab it was Green who was forcing the fight. Deducted a point in the 11th for hitting from behind did not help Joppy’s cause and when Green won the final round on all three cards when plugging away with the jab the champion’s fate was sealed.