History | Aug 28 2018

On This Day: William Joppy thrashed Roberto Duran in the Panamanian’s final world title fight

Matt Christie tells the sad story of Roberto Duran's third round August 28, 1998 defeat to William Joppy
roberto duran
roberto-duran  |  Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports

1. ROBERTO DURAN’S shot at WBA middleweight champion William Joppy was originally scheduled to take place on June 6, 1999, on the undercard of Evander Holyfield-Henry Akinwande until the spidery Brit tested positive for Hepatitis B and rendered the whole bill redundant.

2. DESPITE his glorious past, very few felt that Duran – at 47 years old – could add to his hefty miracle list against a man 20 years younger. It wasn’t only Duran’s advanced age that was going against him ahead of the August 28, 1998 showdown at the Las Vegas Hilton; the location did not bode well either. Duran had not won in Sin City since outpointing Luigi Minchillo in 1981. Since then, he had lost to Wilfred Benitez, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Robbie Sims, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pat Lawlor, and Vinny Pazienza.

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in

 

Boxing News Shop