Joppy Retains Middleweight Title

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

William Joppy pummeled Rito Ruvalcaba into submission in less than two minutes Saturday, stopping the Mexican challenger at 1:53 of the first round to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight crown. 

The American, making his third defense in his second reign as world champion, doubled Ruvalcaba over with a right hand to the head early in the round and the challenger never really recovered. 

A left to Ruvalcaba's temple and a right to the jaw had him lunging desperately for referee Fred Steinweinder, throwing his arms around the ref as he stepped in to stop it. 

Dazed, Ruvalcaba had to be helped to his corner. He fell to 27-3. 

Joppy improved to 30-1-1 with 23 wins inside the distance. 

"I thought it was going to be more difficult," the champion said. "This guy has range, height, they say he can punch. I trained for 12 rounds, and it paid off." 

On the same card, Nicaraguan Julio Gamboa and Venezuelan Felix Machado fought to a split decision draw that left the International Boxing federation junior bantamweight title still vacant. 

Both fighters were angered by the decision, in which judge Randy Phillips scored the bout 114-114, while Steinweinder made it 116-111 for Gamboa and David Taranto made it 115-114 for Machado -- AFP 

 

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