1998-08-28 William Joppy w rsc 3 Roberto Duran, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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1998-08-28 William Joppy w rsc 3 Roberto Duran, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Still fighting at the age of 47 the legendary Duran (159) failed in his final title challenge, hardly showing as Joppy (160) scored as and when he liked. Even though Joppy was unable to drop Duran, hitting him with solid blows from both hands throughout, at 2.54 of the third the referee had seen enough after the latter was being driven around the ring non-stop. It was clear that Duran was finished, but he continued to fight on until the age of 50, taking in four more contests, two of them losses.

Due to Joppy’s inactivity, Julio Cesar Green and Darren Obah contested the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 20 February 1999, Green winning on a ninth-round stoppage to make sure of being the next challenger for the champion.