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Boxer Joppy Suffers Neck Injury

January 19, 1999

CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) _ A neck injury sustained in an auto collision will keep William Joppy from defending the WBA middleweight title Feb. 6, but it will not prevent him from resuming his career.

``The prognosis is that he will be back in the gym in three months,″ manager Ollie Dunlop said.

Dunlop said Joppy was driving away from the Round One Gym at Capitol Heights, Md., Monday when his car was hit broadside by another auto.

``He needed 13 stitches in his forehead, suffered a little whiplash and had a little crack in the C7 vertebrae in his neck,″ Dunlop said. ``The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt.″

Joppy (26-1-1) was to have defended his share of the 160-pound title against Darren Obah of Australia in Washington. In his last fight, he retained the title by stopping Roberto Duran in the third round Aug. 26 at Las Vegas.

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