1998-01-31 William Joppy w pts 12 Julio Cesar Green, Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, USA - WBA
1998-01-31 William Joppy w pts 12 Julio Cesar Green, Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, USA - WBA. Referee: Max Parker Jr. Scorecards: 117-112, 117-113, 117-110. Defending his title for the first time against the man he won it from, Green (160) was dropped by a left hook in the opening round before coming back strongly with two-fisted attacks to the body. Eventually, Joppy (159½) began to box more effectively on the outside as Green became extremely wild and by the eighth the Dominican was clearly exasperated as he continually missed the target. By then, the tiring Green was mainly throwing arm punches, while Joppy looked to make every blow count. Cut over the left eye in the tenth Green was still coming forward, but Joppy was boxing a smart fight and he cruised through to the final bell.