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Duran To Compete for WBA Title

July 20, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Roberto Duran will try to become a world champion for the first time in nine years when he challenges William Joppy for the WBA middleweight title July 29 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Also on the Showtime-televised doubleheader, announced Monday, will be Anthony Hopkins’ IBF middleweight title defense against Ray Allen.

The 47-year-old Duran, a former undisputed lightweight, WBC welterweight and WBA junior middleweight champion, hasn’t been a champion since he gave up the WBC middleweight title in 1989.

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