Jean-Baptiste Mendy vs. Stevie Johnston

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1997-03-01 : Stevie Johnston 134½ lbs beat Jean-Baptiste Mendy 133½ lbs by SD in round 12 of 12


In a match between southpaws, the champion gave a lackluster performance and also had a point deducted for butting in the fifth following a clash of heads which left Johnston badly cut over the left eye. Whatever Mendy tried in the opening four rounds did not seem to work against a smaller man who stepped around him, jabbing from head to body, and generally dictated matters. Undoubtedly Mendy won the sixth and seventh as Johnston took a breather and he came again to share the spoils during the last three sessions, but it was not enough.

Notes

  • Jean-Baptiste Mendy 49-5-2 (30 KOs) vs. Stevie Johnston 20-0 (13 KOs)
  • Johnston was the mandatory challenger for Mendy.
  • At 34, Mendy was ten years older than Johnston.

Sources

  • Houston, Graham. "The Aces Are With Angel" (1999, August) Boxing Monthly. Article
  • Hugman, Barry. Barry Hugman's History of World Championship Boxing Article