2001-05-12 Felix Trinidad w rsc 5 William Joppy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA

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2001-05-12 Felix Trinidad w rsc 5 William Joppy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: Arthur Mercante Jr. Moving up a weight to take on Joppy (158¾) for his WBA title, the IBF and WBA junior middleweight champion made the transition without a hitch, starting well by dropping his rival with heavy left-right combinations towards the end of the first. From there onwards it was all one-way apart from in the third when Joppy made a big effort to take Trinidad (159½) out of the fight with heavy right hands. Coming straight back in the fourth, Trinidad would not be denied and after decking Joppy for the mandatory ‘eight’ count with a big left hook he went to work in similar vein in the fifth. Trinidad was now totally on top, ripping in blows to head and body, and after pounding away at Joppy the latter crashed to the floor from a right to the jaw, whereupon the referee called the fight off on the 2.25 mark after the stricken fighter somehow got to his feet at ‘four’ in no condition to continue.