THE International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today three-time WBA middleweight champion William Joppy will make his first visit to Canastota to participate in events planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“William Joppy was a very talented fighter and met the sport’s top fighters throughout his championship career,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to Canastota.”
Fighting out of the Washington, DC area, Joppy compiled a 48-4 amateur record before turning pro in 1993. He reigned as WBA middleweight champion three times (1996-1997, 1998-2001, 2001-2003) and holds wins over Julio Cesar Green, Hacine Cherifi, Howard Eastman and Hall of Famer Roberto Duran. He retired in 2011 with a pro record of 40-7-2 (30 KOs).
“It will be a thrill to be at the Hall with all the great champions I fought along with and trained with. It’s beyond words. This is a trip I’ve wanted to make for a long time. I remember when Muhammad Ali was inducted and I’ve wanted to visit ever since,” said Joppy.
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
Douglas: “What had been a wonderful childhood dream come true became a nightmare…”
Holyfield: “Mike looked at me and I looked at Mike, I made it clear that whatever he did, however he played, I would do it all night…”
Lewis: “All of a sudden Tyson turned into King Kong. Where did that guy come from?…”
Williams: “It was the second or third round when I just thought, ‘Forget it, I’m going to war with you.’…”
McBride: “Thank God he had the mouthpiece in, or I’d be the only guy in Ireland with just one nipple…”